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HUD GRANT WILL MAKE POSSIBLE RENOVATION OF SENIOR HOUSING

The Jamestown Housing Authority is getting ready to launch the second phase of a major renovation plan for the Hotel Jamestown Apartments, a senior citizen housing complex.

Executive director Jeffrey McCheskey said the agency will collect a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in January to go toward significant remodeling of the hotel on West 3rd Street and some lesser work at the Senior High Rise on West 5th Street.

McCheskey said 58 of the 113 apartments in the hotel already have been renovated, and many of the rest are due for complete overhauls. "A good portion" of the apartments will be remodeled completely with new kitchens, bigger bathrooms and additional closet space and will be accessible for the disabled, he said.

The work at the High Rise will lower the ceilings to cover up copper water lines that were exposed during work on the heating system, McCheskey said. That building also will get additional lighting and ceiling fans, "which are sorely needed," he said.

The Housing Authority hopes to finish all the work by the end of 1999 but will be allowed to take an extra year if necessary. McCheskey said the construction time frame depends partly on occupancy.

"This will involve a constant shuffling process, moving residents in one area so we can work in their unit," McCheskey added.

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