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Posted on: July 24, 2023

Renovations kick off at Surfside public housing complex

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WEST HAVEN, July 24, 2023 — (Pictured): West Haven Housing Authority Executive Director John Counter, center, shows Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and Public Works Commissioner Tom J. McCarthy the dilapidated roof of the Surfside public housing complex at 200 Oak St. on Monday, July 24.

Counter led Rossi and McCarthy on a half-hour tour to show the complex’s outdated roof and efficiency apartment units before long-overdue renovations are completed over the next 20 months.

The 254-unit complex is composed of efficiency and one- and two-bedroom units.

In early 2020, the 12-story complex was designated as obsolete by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Counter recently announced that Savin Rock Communities Inc., which manages Surfside and other public housing properties across the city, is borrowing up to $29.29 million for a multiphase plan to improve the authority’s housing stock, including a new roof, boiler, generator and fire sprinkler at Surfside.

Along with new windows and remodeled units, the complex will also receive an exterior facelift and electrical and mechanical upgrades.

The extensive project kicked off Thursday, July 20.

Also touring Surfside were Housing Authority Assistant Executive Director Meagan Golde and Board of Commissioners Chair Wayne Orio and Vice Chair John R. O’Connor. They were joined by Eric Stokes, the director of facilities and modernization at Savin Rock Communities, and Karen Kravetz, Savin Rock’s general counsel.

Rossi, Counter and Savin Rock Communities have been working to enhance affordable living opportunities for West Haven residents with the greatest housing needs, including older and disabled people with fixed incomes, homeless veterans and families with low incomes.

(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)

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