Posted April 3rd, 2016 at 9:58 AM
Mary Beadle loves the changes at the Hannibal Apartments.
Be it the new appliances, the insulated windows or the wider doors, the 74-year-old disabled woman says life is better because of $6.7 million of renovations made at the North East Community Action (NECAC) complex at 202 Centerville Road.
“I think they’ve done great and they’ve really benefited us,” said Beadle, who has heart trouble and is recovering from a recent colon cancer surgery. “I’m really happy with it.”
NECAC is a 12-county non-profit agency that owns or manages more than 1,200 apartments in 31 Missouri cities. It will highlight its work at the 72-unit Hannibal complex with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Monday.
The renovation included new energy-efficient appliances in the laundry room and each apartment. There also is a learning center with computer stations and a community room.
“We are honored to have helped hundreds of Missouri families live in decent, safe and affordable housing,” said Don Patrick, NECAC president and chief executive officer. “This project not only helps families, but it also helps the environment because of its energy efficiency.”
The complex opened in 1989 and NECAC took ownership in 2006 as part of a $10.6 million loan agreement with USDA Rural Development. Included in the deal were 20 other complexes with 432 senior and family units in 15 cities.
“Our partnership with the USDA Rural Development program continues to make a positive mark in the community” Patrick said
Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director of USDA Rural Development, said the agency’s relationship with NECAC is “a great example of how partnerships can work together to provide quality affordable housing improvements for a great community.”
Licking Construction was in charge of renovations, with several sub-contractors. Funding for the work came from the sale of Missouri Housing Development Commission tax credits.
The public is welcome at the ceremony
Disclosure notice: Courier-Post reporter Brent Engel is a former employee of NECAC, but no longer does works for or is paid by the agency.