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Stonington First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr. admires John Sammataro's newly remodeled kitchen following a ribbon cutting celebrating numerous renovations at the Edythe K. Richmond housing in Pawcatuck on Friday. At left are Jim Kelley, Housing Authority chairman, Tim Hyland, a board member, and Glee McAnanly, Stonington selectwoman. | (Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun)
Stonington First Selectman Ed Haberek looks at John Sammataro's newly remodeled kitchen following a ribbon cutting celebrating the numerous renovations at the Edythe K. Richmond Homes paid for by a small cities grant on Friday. Behind and to the left is Glee McAnanly, Stonington selectwoman. ( ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) From left, Stonington First Selectman Ed Haberek, with scissors, and Stonington Housing Authority Chairman Jim Kelley, cut the ribbon celebrating the completion of the improvements at Edythe K. Richmond Homes from a small cities grant on Friday. Standing next to Kelley is Glee McAnanly. | Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun Community members and officials gather for the ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the improvements at Edythe K. Richmond Homes from a small cities grant on Friday. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Edythe K. Richmond Homes resident John Sammataro invites official and community members into his home to see his newly remodeled kitchen following a ribbon cutting celebrating the numerous renovations in the housing complex paid for by a small cities grant on Friday. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

Pawcatuck housing complex upgraded with $542,000 grant


PAWCATUCK — Despite the gray skies, residents at the Edythe K. Richmond housing complex, along with members of the Stonington Housing Authority, celebrated the completion of $542,000 worth of renovations at the Sisk Drive facility.

Thanks to a federal Community Development Block Grant received in August 2012, the complex was the beneficiary of some much needed improvements.

“There haven’t been significant renovations in the last 10 years,” said James Kelly, chairman of the housing authority. The facility was originally constructed around 1980.

Over the last year, the grant was used for new roofing in the older buildings, paving Sisk Drive and the parking areas, and new kitchen cabinets in many of the 60 units in the complex. Conventional doorknobs were replaced with levers for easier opening. In some rooms, tub areas were made handicap-accessible.

“We are happy and pleased,” he said.

“It’s about the residents being comfortable and giving them an easy place to live.”

Over the last year the complex received an emergency generator for its office from the town, to be used in inclement weather situations, such as blizzards or hurricanes.

“Residents can come here for heat and hot water,” said Edward Haberek Jr., the town’s first selectman.

“It helps [the town] with its emergency management process.”

Kelly gave credit to the housing authority staff for its work in making the improvements a reality, and quickly.

He also said the town has just applied for an additional grant for the complex in order to install new railings.

msouza@thewesterlysun.com



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