A grant from the Affordable Housing Program will assist in giving Winfield Apartments in Reedsburg a major facelift.
The Sauk County Housing Authority, in partnership with the Bank of Prairie du Sac, received a $360,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago to remodel around $500,000 worth of renovations to Winfield Apartments in Reedsburg.
The grant will help remodel the entire apartment complex including several building exteriors, like siding on the buildings, windows, entrance doors, landscaping and parking areas as well as interior improvements, like kitchen and cabinet replacement and carpeting replacement.
“It’s going to be a major remake,” said Dwight Fenderson, executive director.
Another focus of the grant is changing the common area and parking lot lighting to LED lighting to save costs on electricity. Fenderson said they made the same switch in Prairie Meadow Apartments when they received the grant in 2015, and saved around 40 percent in electricity costs.
Winfield Apartments, a two to three bedroom Section 8 apartment complex, were built around 30 years ago under what is now known as the low income housing tax credit program.
“When they were built there really wasn’t that much thought down the road to how they would necessarily be maintained,” Fenderson said.
Because the properties are rent restricted based on low income housing laws, Fenderson said it doesn’t leave a lot of room in the bank to fix the apartments as the properties age.
“The Federal Home Loan Bank realizes that was happening and a lot of these properties were having trouble meeting their needs while still renting to families that needed affordable rents so they set up this program to help with the rehab and the upgrading of these properties as they have gotten older,” he said.
Sauk County Supervisor and Chair of the SCHA Board of Commissioners John Deitrich said based on inspections some upgrades and remodeling were needed for Winfield Apartments.
“We talk about people who really need the help of public housing and we did our due diligence we did our work… first and foremost we are thinking about the tenants and we are very, very glad we are able to do what we could and support them and to improve the quality of the apartments,” Deitrich said.
Fenderson said renovations to Winfield Apartments are expected to begin this spring. He said the remodeling will give a “much more attractive” property to Reedsburg.
This is the second time the SCHA has received the grant to remodel low incomes apartments. The first grant was to renovate Tower Street and Kolan Kourt apartments, now known as Prairie Meadow Apartments, in Prairie du Sac for a $420,000 grant for around $600,000 of renovations to the property.