$17 million in work on public housing planned
Annapolis housing officials have outlined plans to spruce up three of the city's public housing communities this year under a five-year, $17 million renovation plan.
The Annapolis Housing Authority has proposed spending $2.1 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 to renovate Annapolis Gardens, one of the city's 10 public housing complexes.
The authority also intends to replace roofs at College Creek Terrace and Eastport Terrace, officials said.
Renovations are needed because many of Annapolis' old housing complexes have received only routine repairs over the years. Also, the federal government spent little on developing new public housing during the 1980s, while the need for subsidized housing continued to grow with the economic downturn.
The agency already has been given about $8 million by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to renovate Harbour House, the city's largest public housing development, built in the 1950s.
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