CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A major renovation is coming soon for residents of an affordable housing complex just outside Savannah. Millions of dollars generated by revenue bonds will go toward much-needed improvements for the Westlake Apartments.
Several families in Westlake Apartments over the years have had a number of issues with the living conditions. Conditions have been so bad at times, it prompted visits by local elected leaders who called on federal partners for action.
While repairs have been made to some of the homes, the complex remains largely in need of updating. Chatham County Commission approved the Housing Authority of Savannah to issue revenue bonds to help fund renovations to all 100 apartments. The Housing Authority only issues bonds, it does not own or manage the property.
According to the Housing Authority, each unit will get about $50,000 dollars worth of improvements, including installing energy-efficient appliances and insulation.
The outside of the buildings will also be getting a face-lift, including repairs to the roof and improvements to the parking lots and drainage around the property.
A new company, Vitus, is poised to take over ownership at the end of this month, with renovations starting in November.
"A major difference from before and now, there will be on-site management," said Earline Davis, the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Savannah. "That was the major problem before, was the concern with the flooding and what was going to happen with the residents, you couldn't find anybody."
Work is set to start in November and be finished later in 2019.