Manning officials eye fall 2013 for housing complex
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Pictured from left to right at the Manning housing complex groundbreaking are: Mayor Harvey Dales; Alyson Bornhoft, Manning Section 202 board; Dawn Lorenzen, Manning Housing Agency; Jim Ryan, HUD; Laura Sands, Liaison for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin; Becky Hanna, Hanna-Keelen Associates; Brad Vollstedt, Manning Section 202 board vice president; Scot Blum, Accord Architecture; Mike Nelson, Trustee of the Warren H. Timmerman Charitable Trust; Kevin Boyle, Manning Section 202 board; Vickie Tibben, Manning Section 202 board; and Kirk Huehn, Manning Section 202 board.
MANNING — The Manning community Monday celebrated the ground-breaking of a six-unit apartment complex aimed at serving the elderly and disabled in the northern part of the city.
The project, located at 34 May St., is the fruition of two years’ work by Manning Community Services Inc. and the Manning Section 202 board of directors.
“Being patient and working the programs, it just takes a lot of determination from a lot of devoted people,” said Mayor Harvey Dales in an interview. “People really believe in the community and want to stay here and want to live here.”
The idea for the complex originated in 2009, after a Lincoln, Neb., firm, Hanna-Keelan Associates, conducted a residential survey in Manning and identified a need for more accessible retirement and disability housing. After the survey, Manning Community Services Inc., with the assistance of housing development consultant Becky Hanna, began the process of applying for a Section 202 Supportive Housing for the elderly grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“These programs provide a great resource for individuals with disabilities and the elderly to level the playing field and ensure that they can live an independent lifestyle, yet still receive the care they need,” U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said of the HUD program.
Notification came from Harkin’s office in July 2010 that the grant had been approved and Manning Community Services Inc. would be receiving $964,000 to build the complex. Dales said the total project is just short of $1 million.
Brad Vollstedt, vice president of Manning Section 202 Housing, said the organization razed two old houses that hadn’t been lived in for years. The Timmerman Charitable Trust assisted with property acquisition and other costs.
The units could be ready for tenants in the fall of 2013, Dales and Vollstedt said.
“They have the heavy equipment up there right now,” Vollstedt said.
Croghan Construction of Manning is the general contractor for the project.
“It’s all local,” Vollstedt said.
Manning officials went to HUD offices in Des Moines last Wednesday to sign papers for the grant.
Just an hour after the ground-breaking for the housing units, the Manning Regional Healthcare Center celebrated the start of construction of a new hospital in Manning. The hospital project is funded with a low-interest, long-term loan, whereas the Section 202 housing units go up with a direct federal outlay of funds that do not have to be paid back.
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