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Floors 9-10 were used by Bruce Goff as his work/live space until 1964 when he moved to Kansas City MO. They are currently unused as Inn property (Previously it was the fitness center-a few stationary bikes and yoga mats)) I feel if this plan was to move ahead the Goff suite would be the easiest for them to rehab for HUD, which may include major ADA alterations. I'd hope to see BG's space recreated instead and have had numerous meetings with past directors about the restoration but the numbers were always too high @ over $100K (a very high overshoot in my eyes)DRN wrote:How many duplexes are in use by the Inn at Price Tower?
Will this plan remove the possibility of a recreation of Bruce GoffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s home and studio from photos?
This is my opinion and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve almost lived in a 2 different HUD apartment complexes, but after what I saw I ran.
Drugs, not enough staff to maintain the property, which leads to deterioration. It is best if the tower sought out an architecture team to restore the building after finding a donor.
Developing and rehabbing an old structure is no small project.
They can grandfather in certain things though.
I remember on a visit some people were taking drapery up to the 17th floor. They used Harold PriceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s elevator, in plans it is labeled that, in order to get to the floor but they could barely fit this drape and just one person into the car.
Makes you wonder how they took all the wood, beds, and numerous other stuff up, likely by the stairs.
What do you mean by that, Jeff? There are only 4 tiny elevators, none of which has room to be expanded to handle a wheelchair without causing havoc to the design of the entire building.
I once took a ride up with the late, claustrophobic John Payne (Richardson House owner). I believe Roland Reisley was along, as well as at least one other person. Poor John, he was ready to leap out of his skin. I didn't enjoy the lift, either.
During construction, as photos in Story show, there was a structure alongside the building that included a lift, so getting things up and down would not have been a problem. Once built, for tenants, commercial or residential, to haul up their stuff would have been a problem without taking big things apart. But you cannot take a king-size mattress apart, so you might have to bend it to fit. But then what would you do with the box spring?
reallocating that space into handicapped space because the grant requires that one space be handicapped accessible,' Loyd said."
Is any elevator in the building large enough to accept a wheelchair ? Could any bath be made wheelchair-accessible ?
With this being on the register, the elevators, stairs, and ceilings are not exactly code. This is a detriment to this building but I doubt it will go through considering the fact itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three apartments, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a museum, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s historic and nothing is to code I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see it being hud housing.
Get a better developer, accept that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not to modern codes, but make it livable should work. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve run into apartment complexes, dating prior to ADA codes, that have had to either forgo the codes or have to do a lot in modifications. The cost can pile up by bringing a building up to codes.
I would actually love to see GoffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suite returned as a rentable historic apartment.
There are three hotel suites at Price Tower that were formerly apartments when the building was originally built, Loyd explained. Another area could also be transformed into an apartment to comply with the Americans with
Disabilities Act Ã¢â‚¬â€� a necessary step to even be eligible for the HUD grant.
...If everything pointed to the grant being suitable for the Price Tower, three hotel suites would be converted to residential living space.
Is the Inn at the Price Tower considering closing or removing two of its bi-level apartments from the offerings to overnight guests?Ã¢â‚¬Å“We would use two of our three hotel [rooms] ... and then we would utilize one on [floor] seven. ... WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve looked at reallocating that space into handicapped space because the grant requires that one space be handicapped accessible,Ã¢â‚¬Â� Loyd said.
It is my understanding if government grant money or tax credits are accepted in exchange for providing low income housing, the building owner has no say in the choice of tenants. Eligible tenants from a wait list are assigned to a property based on their place on the list and the property's suitability to the tenant's needs. This is not to say this will yield bad tenants, but it is unlikely that the apartments could be used as on-site housing for current low income eligible staff of the Tower.Ã¢â‚¬Å“My intent and our boardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intent is never to turn this property into low-income housing project,Ã¢â‚¬Â� Loyd said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think that term of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlow-income residenceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ has lot of negative connotations, and I get all that. When I view the discussions, initially, it was could our interns, could our Wright Chef, could that constitute somebody under that low income, and it could. So, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how I narrowly thought, or naively thought, of that. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have hundreds of dealings with HUD. ... All those things being said, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how this came about.Ã¢â‚¬Â�
When I stayed there it was a cold, rainy weekend and it was not comfortable in our unit. The hotel provided portable space heaters in the attempt to warm up the room.
Those elevators are like vertical coffins. Just the thought of being stuck in one due to mechanical or power issues is enough to make one use the stairs. I can't imagine a typical HUD tenant dealing with them.