Little Rock public housing undergoing major upgrades

Public housing units getting major makeover

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 1,000 people living in Little Rock public housing units are about to get a big upgrade.

The Metropolitan Housing Alliance (MHA) said they are officially kicking off the second phase of Redeveloping the Rock.  They said Cumberland, Parris, and Powell towers will be getting a major makeover. Now that they have secured the money, the plan is in place to redevelop more than 800 units of public housing.

Rodney Forte, Executive Director of the Little Rock Housing Authority, said that the plan is to renovate the three towers, add updated technology, get new air conditioning systems, and provide a better quality of life for the residents.

“These changes will put these building into a first class status so that the tenants can keep living their lives and Little Rock can benefit because of the economic impact,” said Forte.

All of the work will be up for bid, giving Arkansans a chance to inject one hundred million dollars back into the city.

“The flexibility provided from federal Housing and Urban Development funds is really allowing us to be like a private developer to meet the needs we have and to put the building in the best place,” he said.

Forte said that one of the most rewarding things about all of this was being able to tell residents that their home was going to change dramatically for the better. Bernadette Kay Gulley was one of those residents who recently received the news. She is excited for the changes coming to her home of three years.

“Change is a positive thing and with the people that I have hung around, we are very positive about this,” she said. “We can’t really wait to see what they start with first.”

Construction bidding for the project begins in October and once construction officially begins, the project is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

All interested bidding parties are invited to create a vendor login by visiting the Metropolitan Housing Alliance website here and clicking on the tab “Business with MHA.” For additional options for vendor and contractor registration or questions about the RAD program direct all phone inquiries to the 24-hour RAD Hotline at (501) 373-8222. Please see key dates for this initiative below:

•             Invitation/ Announcement Meeting - September 19, 2017 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.)

•             Construction Bidding Starts – October 3, 2017

•             Construction Bids Due – October 31, 2017

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