Company re-investing in Daleville’s future with $2.4 million upgrade
BY Jan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden Pointe, a 1980s-era apartment complex in Daleville, will be getting a makeover to the tune of about $2.47 million this year. Hall Housing Investments, Inc. of Dothan has decided to reinvest in the “City of Possibilities” with a complete makeover of the housing community off North Daleville Avenue. The complete renovation and additions are expected to begin within 60 to 90 days and be completed within nine to 12 months of the start date.Joel Barfield, Director of Construction for Pointe Wiregrass—a division of HHI— said everything from the outside façade and rooftops to the inside floors and walls will be redone. He said there will be all new appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, new doors, new painting, floor covering, energy-efficient windows and more. In addition, he said, the company is building a brand new community building which will house a club area for residents to use for private events, a laundry facility and the manager’s office.A new outdoor physical fitness area will be added along with a new playground, a gazebo/picnic pavilion with picnic tables, grills and a new covered mail center. The community building, alone, will cost approximately $65,000; the gazebo/picnic pavilion’s estimated cost is $25,000 ($10,000 for gazebo and $15,000 for the picnic area with amenities), according to Wayne Stripling with the city of Daleville.Barfield added that the entire complex will be like brand new construction and all will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which did not exist when the apartments were first built. The entire area encompasses 236,095 square feet or 5.42 acres.During the Tuesday, Feb. 16, Daleville City Water and Sewer Board’s regular meeting, HHI’s request for an easement for a main water line was approved. Building permits have already been granted by the city. According to a letter to the Water Board from HHI President Gary Hall, “costs to relocate the water line” will be completely “borne by the project owner” with the work being performed by HHI’s contractor under the supervision of the water authority’s designated employee, Water Department Supervisor Orson Bullard. Hall also stated in the letter “upon completion the water line will be owned by the board and subject to a one year warranty of labor and materials by the contractor selected by the owner (HHI).”“When we get through, it will be like a brand new complex again…This is going to be a real plus for Daleville…He (Hall) has been wanting to do this for several years…The local officials, the building department and everybody has been real, real helpful to us to get this thing accomplished…This is going to be a real asset to Daleville when we get through…We are excited about it,” said Barfield. “We are going to push on and get everything done as quick as we can.”Wigglesworth said, “It’s exciting. We are very proud that someone saw the ‘City of Possibilities’ as a great opportunity to come and invest that kind of money and make these quality apartments….Just to have this re-investment speaks volumes.”The project will also include new all-over landscaping, sidewalks, handicap accessible parking spaces, new exterior stairwells on all buildings and a nine-foot parking island. A housing relocation specialist will assist current residents in moving to buildings as their buildings are being renovated. The complex currently has seven buildings on site, including the office.