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(AUDIO) Old Premier Estates Building in West Point to become apartments; Water Update given at West Point City Council Meeting | KTIC Radio

(AUDIO) Old Premier Estates Building in West Point to become apartments; Water Update given at West Point City Council Meeting

(AUDIO) Old Premier Estates Building in West Point to become apartments; Water Update given at West Point City Council Meeting
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The West Point City Council received a Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project Update at Wednesday night’s meeting. City Administrator Tom Goulette with the latest.

Goulette says the city is still waiting on piping from Layne, and thinks the fittings will arrive late next week.

He has more on the timeline.

Goulette says Water Main work will go out for bids on April 15th and be awarded on May 5th.

Hoppe Homes out of Lincoln will be turning the old Premier Estates Building in West Point into Apartments as the Council gave the Omega West Point Redevelopment Project the green light. Jake Hoppe, Vice President of Development and Finance for Hoppe Homes, says the apartments are going to be outdoor walk-in style units.

Hoppe says there will be a total of 22 units, including 5 studio units between 415 and 515 sq ft, 3 one bedroom units, and 14 2-bedroom units. 5 will be market rate units along with low income units.

He adds washers and dryers will be installed in the units, a storm shelter will be built out, and there will be a community garden as well as an exterior playground on site, plus additional storage.

There will also be inspections once every 3 years.

Goulette notes a couple of funding options Hoppe Homes will be exploring.

Hoppe Homes will be applying for a Tax Credit Award from NIFA.

Funding will be through Federal Tax Credits and HOME Funds.

Goulette says Hoppe Homes is going to work from the basis of rent being $900-$950 a month for a two-bedroom unit, which includes all utilities.

Hoppe Homes is looking to start on the project ASAP.

COVID-19 has had an effect on utility customers in West Point. Goulette says that’s being taken into account when it comes to people paying their utility bills.

Goulette adds the city is very understanding of the situation.

Goulette says a written request is required for customers needing relief.

He adds how to request it will be on the City’s website and Facebook page.

Also, the council was originally going to go back to 7:00 p.m. meetings after this month’s meeting, but next month’s meeting on May 5th was moved to 5:30 p.m.

Click here to listen to Interview with Goulette 

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