Hopeville Apartments Arrive Before Christmas Festival Activities Start


The first contractor quit his job at Summertree Apartments in the summer of 2017 and the project was stalled. The structures have deteriorated, there is moss growing along the exposed and rotting wood and the exterior has been left exposed to the elements.

Caroline Roy
The demolition of the Hopeville Apartments on Second Street may soon be a reality.
At Monday’s city council meeting, an ordinance was introduced to use US bailout funds to demolish eight properties, including apartments that have been an annoyance to residents for years.
Regional Construction submitted the low bid of $153,540 for the demolition of the buildings. There was another offer from Tudor Construction of Minden that was about $50,000 more, Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. said. The ordinance will be voted on at the next council meeting on Oct. 24.
Demolition can begin after this meeting and Williams said his aim is to complete it at least two weeks before the start of Christmas Festival activities. Williams said Sterling Bank of Missouri would still own the property and he was unsure what the plans for the property would be after demolition. He is also concerned about recouping the demolition expenses from the bank, but at the same time he is happy that they will not come from the general fund.
The city first proposed demolition in 2019, but faced litigation and delay tactics from the owners and the bank financing the project.

418 Scarborough

Several other properties are included in the condemnation order that Director of Planning and Zoning Shontrell Roque described as having poor floors, roofs, walls and other code violations, such as lack of maintenance. public service infrastructure.
Roque said one such structure, at 418 Scarborough, had a snake pit under the floor and she saw a snake there during an inspection. This building was first put on the condemnation list in March 2013.

That structure at 418 Scarborough St. will be demolished once city council passes an ordinance presented Monday.

These eight properties do not include buildings that could be rehabilitated, such as the one on Rusbo Street, in which a few people still live. She said it could be revitalized if the owner chose to do so.
Williams doesn’t know how much money the city will spend on the demolitions since those services weren’t tendered.

418 Scarborough

Director of Recreation Kevin Warner has some good news regarding the removal of mold and the installation of a new HVAC system at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community and Recreation Center.
The mold remediation will begin on Monday with a 45 day contract. Installation of the HVAC system is expected to begin in January depending on availability and be completed by the end of the month. Warner said he had spent about $75,000 on the building since he went to work three years ago and the deterioration was due to his age. It was built in February 1999.
The city passed a resolution at the meeting accepting $600,000 from the La. Division of the administration. for additional costs in the form of a community development block grant from La. for mold remediation and the new HVAC system. The City has already received a block grant of $1 million for the project.

Summertree Apartments (Hopeville) February 9, 2021


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