COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Crozet Meadows Expansion Project

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Crozet Meadows Expansion Project Quarterly Update

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Herrick, and White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

October 7, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:  X

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In July 2008, the County was awarded a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for land and infrastructure development for The Meadows in Crozet.  The Meadows consists of 28 affordable rental units for seniors situated in seven quads owned by Jordan Development Corporation (JDC).  JDC and Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) entered into an agreement in March 2006 to renovate the existing units and build 38 additional units on the site. Subsequently, JDC and PHA agreed to form a new ownership entity known as Crozet Meadows Associates, LLC.  The new ownership applied for and received federal low-income housing tax credits in the summer of 2008. 

 

At the request of JDC and PHA, the County submitted an application for CDBG funding in the spring of 2008 and after receiving the award began contract negotiations with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the owners.  In February 2009, a Project Management Team held its first meeting to develop a Project Management Plan.  The plan set forth a timeline for undertaking and completing both administrative and development activities.  The County published an Invitation to Bid for the project on May 3, 2009 with bid submissions due on May 28.  Eight proposals were received, with the low bid from LINCO, Inc. from Waynesboro.  LINCO’s approved contract after post-bid modifications was $720,326.00.  A Notice to Proceed was issued on August 26, 2009 and substantial completion of the project is scheduled for April 10, 2010.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Objective 1.2: By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

As of September 15, 2009 much of the main sewer has been installed and connected to the public system.  Building pads were on grade for the first phase of unit construction and surveying has begun for the next phase of units.  The owners are still awaiting the approval of the site plan so that they can apply for building permits to begin laying out foundations and pouring slabs, though these activities are not a part of the CDBG-funded land and infrastructure activities.

 

Some potential conflicts with existing power and phone lines have been identified and the County’s Project Manager, Ron Lilley, is following up.  If lines have to be relocated, it will be at the owner’s expense, but could be covered in part by any unused CDBG funds with DHCD’s approval.  According to the contractor, nothing has been identified that cannot be handled with adjustments to phasing, and the substantial completion date can still be met.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no impact on the County’s budget as all funding committed to this project is dedicated non-general funds.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This report is for the Board’s information.  No action is required.

 

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