(KCPW News) Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City have won a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renovate two aging senior apartment buildings. County Mayor Peter Corroon says the federal stimulus project will provide jobs to local contractors, and make the buildings more energy efficient and comfortable for the nearly 300 residents.
“These kinds of projects, you know, they’re not considered large projects, but they do put local vendors to work,” Corroon says. “They also allow us to renovate buildings that otherwise would not be renovate in the short-term. And they also allowed us to save energy for our seniors.”
Built in 1975, the Senior Citizens High Rise and City Plaza buildings are the oldest public housing units in Utah. They’ll be retrofitted over the next two years with new windows, sliding glass doors, shower heads, pipes and toilets. The upgrades are expected to reduce heating usage by 25 percent, air conditioning by 13 percent, and also save on water.
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker commended the Obama Administration and Congress for passing the stimulus package, enabling these kinds of projects in the valley.
“When you hear folks talk about that the stimulus money is not going to worthy projects, this is an example to the contrary,” Becker says. “And we see those examples all across Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.”
Becker says the city will announce more stimulus fund grants soon, and has applied for stimulus funding to build the Sugarhouse Streetcar line.