May 22, 2012
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Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. begins $252,000 renovation project
WESTPHALIA—A $252,000 rehabilitation project has started at the 16-unit Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. The work, which includes replacing roofs, windows, doors and kitchen cabinets as well as installing furnaces, AC units and more, will modernize the complex and make necessary upgrades.
Renovation efforts are made possible through a grant from Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines and local funds contributed by the Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. board.
The FHLB grant was secured through Legends Bank of Westphalia, the sponsoring member bank for the project.
The local board constructed eight of the 16 units in 1976, using a loan program through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The other eight units were added in 1985 with similar financing.
“Work has started with outside lighting and changing the breaker panels,” said Board President Leo Schaefer. “We are definitely looking forward to the end result. The residents are anxious to get it completed — it will be a big improvement for them.”
Other members of the Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. Board of Directors include Robert Brognone, vice president; Patrick Steele, secretary/treasurer; Dorothy Kleffner; Al Wieberg; Marilyn Wilde and Sergio Fernandez.
The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) wrote the grant application and is providing construction management and inspections for the project.
Renovations to the units began in May and are expected to be complete in the fall.
Chuck Cantrell, housing inspector with MRPC, developed the scope of work and hosted a walk through of the project for 46 contractors. A total of 23 contractors bid on the work with the board hiring the following contractors for the work noted:
Additional work, as the timeline allows, includes installing a water-softening system, sidewalk improvements, siding, smoke detectors, GFCIs, guttering and bathroom exhaust fans.