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November 20, 2013

Shoring up Riverview Towers in New Albany

Construction project to stabilize facility

NEW ALBANY — It wasn’t a forecasted project, but New Albany Housing Authority officials believe improvements slated for Riverview Towers will shore up the structure while making it more energy efficient.

Construction is set to begin on Dec. 2 at the facility, which is located off Scribner Drive, and the project will include stabilizing the inner walls and facade of the building.

Upton Pry Inc. of New Albany has been tapped to install metal brackets and add new panels inside units at Riverview.

As part of the process, crews will also reseal heating and air conditioning units to help with insulation and keep insects from making their way inside.

The project is expected to cost a little less than $400,000, and 13 of the 15 floors in the tower will be affected.

The nearly 200 residents who occupy Riverview Towers won’t have to relocate during construction; however, they will likely endure some inconveniences.

Construction is expected to take about a week per floor, and work could take about four days per apartment unit.

The metal for the project is being produced locally so that should cut down on some of the time and inconvenience of the project for residents, said NAHA Executive Director Bob Lane.

Though disruptions will hopefully be minimal, Lane acknowledged some residents will be concerned about the work.

“We realize that but we’re making it safer, and it’s something we really don’t have a choice in the matter to do, it has to be done,” Lane said.

Public housing officials fielded some complaints from residents who were having trouble opening their windows which led to inspections of the units, Lane said.

The NAHA consulted its architectural engineer who recommended the stabilization project for Riverview Towers, Lane said.

“This is another improvement for the housing authority to make the apartments more efficient and more livable,” he said.

Construction will be halted from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27 for Christmas, and again on Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day.

Safety barriers have been setup around the building to ensure no materials fall in areas where people will be walking during construction.

The Riverview Towers Community Room will be closed during construction, as several panels will be installed above the room. However a “Concrete Lounge” has been opened to provide residents with snacks and a place to watch television while work is in progress.

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