More than a year later, Housing Opportunities Inc. is hoping it will be done by this October so that the less than quarter-acre parcel and its deteriorating building can finally be passed on to the city.
With the departure of Patricia Wol, who had been appointed by the governor's office last January, and member Coltan Andrews, the Housing Authority has had difficulty achieving a quorum. Because of this, there was a stretch of months during which meetings were regularly canceled.
Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that although the former Sun Cleaners property is still undergoing an environmental study, she does not anticipate an expensive cleanup.
"The latest update I have is we just have two more days of drilling for the 21E," Hohn told the Housing Authority Committee Thursday. "I think considering what they have found so far, we donít have to worry about a lot of money for clean up."
Housing Opportunities Inc. plans to transfer 111-113 Bracewell Ave. to Louison House, the family support and shelter organization.
This leaves the housing program with only the former Sun Cleaners property on River Street to dispose of so it can dissolve.
The City Council on Tuesday night accepted a transfer of assets held by Housing Opportunities Inc., an agreement that ends years of negotiations.
The board of the 30-year-old nonprofit has been trying to dissolve for at least five years. It is comprised of the same board as the North Adams Housing Authority and the staff of the authority has been managing the properties.
The board of Housing Opportunities Inc. has authorized the transfer of seven properties to the city, a critical step in the dissolution of the organization.
Held back are two properties and the nonprofit's recapture account pending soil test results from the former Sun Cleaners on River Street.
A years-long effort to transfer ownership of Housing Opportunities Inc. properties to the city of North Adams has hit a wall.
Because of the city's delayed response and recent apprehension toward the transfer of all the parcels, the nonprofit board may sell the properties on its own.
The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.
The HOI board, comprised of members the Housing Authority board of directors, had hoped to begin finalizing the transfer on Monday. But the news from its attorney, Elisabeth Goodman of Cain Hibbard & Myers was that the path was still not clear.