There have been several recent news reports fostering the perception that there is no heat in the Southview Towers building. The fact is that there is and has been heat in every apartment. To be certain of this we had a team at the site on Friday, January 5, 2018 and all 193 units were inspected. All except thirteen units were over 70 degrees. Of the thirteen, two were 58 degrees (totally unacceptable) and 11 were in the high 60’s. Before our team left Southview on Friday every unit was above 70 and several were provided with space heaters to assure that they could maintain that level of heat.
The entire boiler system was replaced in this building in 2016 when we learned it was not functioning properly as a potential failure of the heating system was simply not acceptable.
The windows are 40 years old and are in need of replacement as well. Yes, some have ice on the inside pane and aluminum frames. This does not mean the apartments are without heat or the interior space is cold. Window replacement is one item on our list to accomplish with the planned rehab of this entire building.
For the past year and a half we have been planning the rehab and late last year we submitted our plans to the State for their approval. There seems to be a perception that the State is less than cooperative. This is simply not true. The State is a partner in affordable housing. They allocate millions of dollars every year to projects like Southview and have an amazing track record of being able to supply and upgrade affordable housing projects across the entire state. We are no different. There is a process to get a project like this approved and we have now entered this process. We have every confidence that we will bring this project to closure with the State and begin to renovate Southview as soon as we do.
The renovations we are planning are extensive and include windows, domestic water piping from the first floor to the top of the building, improved security systems, upgraded fire alarm systems, kitchens, bathrooms, exterior doors, a new community room, upgrades of public spaces, elevator mechanicals and cab upgrades, all exterior lighting, and more. We expect to bring this project in at approximately $14 million and provide our residents with essentially a new apartment experience.
I hope this helps everyone to understand the heating situation and the longer term plans for the building and our residents at Southview.