ADAMS -- After nearly a year, repairs to the roof the Columbia Valley Housing for the Elderly facility's new roof are complete.
The Adams Housing Authority, which owns and operates the 3-building facility, signed a certificate of completion for the project at a special meeting Wednesday. The work officially ended Oct. 2.
The replacement of the roof began in November of 2012 after the housing Authority received a state grant through the Department of Housing and Community Development. The roof was last replaced in 1988.
The final cost of the project was close to $900,000, and was paid entirely through state funding at no cost to the town. The original grant was for approximately $330,000, but the authority was able to procure more money from the state when the project ran into several obstacles.
The task was not originally slated to take nearly a year to complete. But contractors ran into issues just weeks after it started.
When workers peeled back the existing roof, they found electrical wiring that would impede the installation of the new one. Apartments had to be rewired to accomadate the construction.
Work was halted through the winter and resumed in April. Other minor issues cropped up in May, but the project has otherwise continued smoothly since it continued this spring.
Richard Hamblin, executive director of the Housing Authority, said the roof has essentially been complete for months, but all of the more than one dozen skylights on the buildings also had to be replaced.
Hamblin also pointed out that the new roof will meet current state energy standards -- something the old roof did not met for some time.
Columbia Valley Housing for the Elderly contains more than 60 apartments. It was built in 1971.
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