Window replacements moving quickly at Hyder Apartments

Cleo Norman/News Tribune photo: 
A crew member of TaylorMade Construction Company of St. Louis looks up at his work after completing a window installation Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at Robert Hyder Apartments.
Cleo Norman/News Tribune photo: A crew member of TaylorMade Construction Company of St. Louis looks up at his work after completing a window installation Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at Robert Hyder Apartments.


Window renovations for Robert Hyder Apartments are moving at a fast pace, leaders with the Jefferson City Housing Authority said this week.

JCHA Executive Director Michelle Wessler told members of the organization's board Tuesday morning that so far, contractors had replaced windows in 74 units out of 116, all along Wayne Avenue.

She said contractors were completing work on an average of six to 11 units each weekday, and residents of the affordable senior housing facility couldn't be happier with the results.

"This has got to be the easiest job we've had out -- I mean this has been absolutely fantastic work," Wessler said. "There's a card from one of the residents that sent over a thank you to all of us and on to you for awarding this contract to get them new windows. It's just been dozens of calls, making wonderful comments. It's been honestly the easiest project I've ever dealt with."

She said work on the Linden Drive wing of the facility should begin in early March, assuming necessary supplies arrive on time for the project.

Wessler said the project was being funded through a safety and security grant awarded to the Housing Authority.

As for the ongoing work at Dulle and Hamilton Towers, which were expected to wrap up last summer, Wessler said there were still six stacks of apartments to go in Hamilton that will receive updates to their drywall and plumbing and electrical systems. The next step there will be work on the basement, she said.

Next door at Dulle, Wessler said the elevator's back panel had been replaced, with a state inspection scheduled for this week. A security camera is also set to be installed before the elevator is ready for use again.

Luella Estates, a 16-unit apartment complex owned and operated by Cole County Residential Services, is managed by the JCHA despite it being owned separately. Wessler said the JCHA is working on replacing handicap-accessible toilets, with a March 31 deadline to comply with grant funding requirements.

Vista View near Lincoln University is also undergoing renovations, with 20 of 22 decks completed as of Tuesday.

Wessler also noted the association was awaiting the official paperwork on its $104,561 grant to pay the salary of the contractor who administers the Renewal and New Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

The FSS is a voluntary program offered to families in housing assisted by HUD, giving them access to coaching to connect with public and private resources, referrals and a family escrow savings account. The program is meant to increase their earned income and financial empowerment.

Wessler said earlier this week the program had graduated 36 participants during the past dozen or so years, and that 26 individuals are in the program as of this week.

The next JCHA board meeting will be held in March.

  photo  Cleo Norman/News Tribune photo: The Robert Hyder Apartments property manager raises the blinds over the new windows installed Tuesday in an apartment. So far, half of the building has received new windows.
 
 
  photo  Cleo Norman/News Tribune photo: New windows in a unit at the Robert Hyder Apartments are shown Tuesday. So far, half of the building has received new windows.
 
 


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