Harbour House repairs months behind schedule
The second phase of a highly touted $8 million renovation of Annapolis' largest public housing community is three months behind schedule and expected to cost at least another $250,000, housing officials confirmed yesterday.
Tenants were scheduled to move back into the first buildings in Harbour House at the end of January, but the discovery of building- and fire-code violations has created costly delays.
Roger W. Moyer, deputy director of the Annapolis Housing Authority, told the Board of Commissioners that city inspectors have found a number of code violations that must be corrected.
The first buildings are not likely to be ready for occupancy until mid-May, he said.
After listening to the problems with the Harbour House project, the board enacted stricter leases for all public housing residents.
The new rules cut the grace period for late rents from seven days to six and increased the minimum security deposits from $30 to a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $200, depending on income.
Current residents will be given a year to put up the additional money.
Mary Agnes Sheehan, an attorney with the Annapolis Legal Aid Bureau who tried to make the leases more lenient, had expressed concerns about the late-rent period.
She also wanted the board to include a clause in the lease advising residents of their rights if they face a criminal eviction.
* Annapolis: Someone stole a prom dress valued at $289 from the Royal Formal and Bridal store in Annapolis Mall on Monday.
* Davidsonville: Thieves stole a Department of State pass from a 1980 Chrysler New Yorker parked in the 1500 block of Flanders Lane on Tuesday.
* Edgewater: Someone broke into Domino's Pizza in the 100 block of Mayo Road on Tuesday but took nothing.
* Edgewater: Thieves stole $1,900 worth of fishing equipment and other property between Feb. 27 and Sunday from a boat kept in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road.