Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the authority board members on Monday that the final 111 River St. testings are scheduled and that the organization is preparing to make the final transfer of assets to the city of North Adams.
The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, which also serves as HOI board, plans to transfer all the HOI assets to the city of North Adams and dissolve the 30-year-old program created to help first-time homeowners.
Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the commission Monday that the transfer of 111 River St. to the city is getting closer, and an end to the six-year effort to dissolve HOI is in sight.
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.