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Sandusky high-rise makover

$4.5M project planned for East Side Manor

Plans are in place for a major renovation of East Side Manor, the six-story senior citizens’ apartment complex in Sandusky. 
Photo by Eric Levine Plans are in place for a major renovation of East Side Manor, the six-story senior citizens’ apartment complex in Sandusky. Photo by Eric Levine The long-awaited renovation of Sandusky’s senior citizen high-rise apartment complex - East Side Manor - is expected to begin this winter.

“We’re excited,” said Susan Henry, director of the Sandusky Housing Commission. “It will be well worth (all the planning).”

Henry and Housing Commission President Keith Costine have spearheaded the project that ‘s been in the planning stages for three or four years.

The $4.54 million project calls for renovating all 51 apartment units in the six-story building at 239 Roberts Street. Funding comes from: the Sandusky Housing Commission contribution, $840,000, which is not actual cash but the value of the building; Michigan State Housing Development Authority, $866,812; MSHDA Preservation Loan, $1,529,512; MSHDA Construction Loan, $2,362,789; and Private Equity Investment, $1,059,320.

The total cost is $4,453,825.

One piece of financing, the sale of tax credits for private investors, is not completed but will not delay the project, said Henry.

She noted that the building has always “paid for itself” and that won’t change.

“No taxpayer money has ever gone into the (building for improvements) and it will continue that way,” Henry said.

The renovations are scheduled for completion in September.

In addition to remodeling the onebedroom, 500 square foot apartments, renovation work will be done in common areas, parking area, landscaping and the building exterior and interior.

It will be a complete, top-to-bottom makeover of the brick building constructed in 1979 that provides affordable housing to senior citizens.

“The building is still in really good shape,” said Henry. “It just needs a facelift (inside and out).”

The renovations will done one floor at a time, starting with the sixth floor, which will take three to four weeks. Residents will be re-located to temporary housing while their apartments are re-done. Arrangements have been made with the Westpark Inn in Sandusky for some residents, while others will stay with family and friends, or move into empty apartments on other floors.

The long list of improvements, according to MISHDA, includes: resurface parking lot; repair sidewalks; replace exterior lighting; improve exterior landscaping; new dumpster enclosures; new boilers and compressors; new exterior doors, sliders and window units; new roof; new carpet throughout common areas; refinish, repair and paint walls in the interior units and common areas; new kitchen appliances, cabinets, countertops, floor coverings and finishes in the community kitchen; All individual units will have new interior doors, carpeting, kitchen cabinetry, kitchen appliances, countertops and bathroom fixtures; tubs will be replaced with walk-in showers; all individual units will receive new toilets, vanities and sinks; new air conditioning units will be installed in all individual units, in addition to new lighting fixtures, smoke and fire detectors.

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