Residential Building – Able Property Inspections http://ablepropertyinspections.com/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:43:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Residential Building – Able Property Inspections http://ablepropertyinspections.com/ 32 32 Car rams into another vehicle and then into an apartment building on Crabapple Way in San Jose, police say http://ablepropertyinspections.com/car-rams-into-another-vehicle-and-then-into-an-apartment-building-on-crabapple-way-in-san-jose-police-say/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:08:18 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/car-rams-into-another-vehicle-and-then-into-an-apartment-building-on-crabapple-way-in-san-jose-police-say/ SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — San Jose police and firefighters are investigating a crash early Thursday morning after a car hit another vehicle and then crashed into an apartment. It happened around 1:40 a.m. on Crabapple Way after a car drove through the intersection near Senter Rd. and Sylvandale Ave. before slamming into the building. […]]]>

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — San Jose police and firefighters are investigating a crash early Thursday morning after a car hit another vehicle and then crashed into an apartment.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. on Crabapple Way after a car drove through the intersection near Senter Rd. and Sylvandale Ave. before slamming into the building.

Nine people have been displaced and two apartments are marked in red due to the damage.

“I was sleeping in my room and then I heard the noise, I heard the boom, I thought the car had hit my house and I got out, I saw all the cupboards and then my kitchen s is detached,” said Ran Meas, a resident.

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The crash also resulted in a loose tire hitting an apartment on Senter Rd. causing windows to break and cabinets to fall inside the apartment.

But police said when they came across the car no one was in it. But the driver was later tracked down and arrested for driving under the influence or DUI.

The Red Cross is on site to help residents.

At 6:15 a.m., ABC7’s Lena Howland said officials barricaded the building.

Residents were not injured, authorities said.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Welfare check in Waldorf apartment building leads to weapons charges for convicted felon http://ablepropertyinspections.com/welfare-check-in-waldorf-apartment-building-leads-to-weapons-charges-for-convicted-felon/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:06:13 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/welfare-check-in-waldorf-apartment-building-leads-to-weapons-charges-for-convicted-felon/ Reports of a suspicious male lying in the hallway of an apartment building in Maryland has led to new charges for a convicted felon who was arrested with an illegal, stolen handgun. Waldorf resident Delonta Maurice Coates, 35, was arrested by members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in the 3000 block of Gallery Place […]]]>

Reports of a suspicious male lying in the hallway of an apartment building in Maryland has led to new charges for a convicted felon who was arrested with an illegal, stolen handgun.

Waldorf resident Delonta Maurice Coates, 35, was arrested by members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in the 3000 block of Gallery Place after officers were called to check on her welfare in the building, the agency announced on Tuesday, September 20.

Upon arrival, officers said they found Coates on the ground with a bullet next to him and a suspected firearm in his pocket. They also determined that he was conscious, uninjured, and possibly intoxicated.

Further investigation determined the gun was loaded and reported stolen in November 2021, and a check found Coates was prohibited from possessing regulated firearms due to a previous felony conviction.

Coates was charged with:

  • Illegal possession of a restricted firearm;
  • Possession of a stolen firearm;
  • Illegal possession of ammunition;
  • Illegal carrying of concealed weapons;
  • Other undisclosed fees.

He was released from the Charles County Detention Center and was scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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Analysis: China’s mortgage boycott regroups quietly as construction slows http://ablepropertyinspections.com/analysis-chinas-mortgage-boycott-regroups-quietly-as-construction-slows/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 03:04:00 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/analysis-chinas-mortgage-boycott-regroups-quietly-as-construction-slows/ Surveillance cameras are seen near residential buildings under construction in Shanghai, China July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Two months after many Chinese buyers stopped paying their mortgages to protest against the blocking of the construction of their properties, the lack […]]]>

Surveillance cameras are seen near residential buildings under construction in Shanghai, China July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Two months after many Chinese buyers stopped paying their mortgages to protest against the blocking of the construction of their properties, the lack of progress on other sites now threatens to intensify the boycott, despite assurances from the authorities.

The mortgage protest has become a rare act of public disobedience in China, pushed via social media in late June and forcing regulators to scramble to offer homebuyers loan payment holidays of up to six months. and promises to speed up construction.

But with no signs of construction resuming at many projects and clear guidelines from local authorities, more buyers told Reuters they planned to join others who have stopped paying mortgages.

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Wang Wending, from the central city of Zhengzhou, said he was allowed to delay mortgage payments on his apartment for six months in late July.

However, he will have to pay the installments due in one go at the end of the moratorium, regardless of the state of construction, which has not yet started.

“What will we do if construction still does not resume after six months? We will directly stop all payments, he said.

Homebuyers in at least 100 cities have threatened to suspend mortgage payments since late June as developers stopped building projects due to tight financing and strict COVID-19 restrictions.

The threat of another mortgage boycott comes as China prepares to hold the Communist Party Congress next month, with efforts to revive an economy plagued by housing crisis.

While social media censorship has blocked posts and deleted videos of the protests, largely removing them from the public spotlight, the boycott has nonetheless spread.

A widely watched list on open-source site GitHub titled “We Need Home” showed the number of projects across China whose buyers joined the boycott at 342 on September 16, up from 319 at the end of July.

“The government is focused on social stability and hasn’t thought about solving the problem of unfinished projects,” said Qi Yu, a homebuyer in the southeast city of Nanchang. “We can’t do anything if the government doesn’t help us.”

Qi has not paid off her 1 million yuan mortgage since July.

The governments of Zhengzhou and Nanchang did not respond to faxed requests for comment.

Authorities in Zhengzhou, the epicenter of the protest, have pledged to start building all stalled housing projects by October 6, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Read more

The city will use special loans and urge developers to return misappropriated funds and real estate companies to file for bankruptcy, the sources said.

“APPEASE THE OWNERS”

The mortgage boycott added to worries about a protracted slump in China’s property market, which has gone from crisis to crisis since mid-2020 after regulators stepped in to reduce leverage.

Beijing unveiled measures including cutting borrowing costs and helping local governments set up bailout funds to prop up the property market.

While that is assured to some homebuyers, others say they have been forced to remain silent amid a crackdown on dissent.

In Zhengzhou, Ashley, 30, who gave only her first name, said that while construction on her apartment resumed in the second quarter, only a handful of people were working on the site to, she said, “appease the owners “.

Ashley told Reuters she and other owners of the development were warned not to travel to Beijing to protest after the Zhengzhou government repeatedly canceled meetings with homebuyers.

“I got a call from the police this week, they asked me not to bypass them to protest to higher authorities,” she said. “They said I should talk to the local government first, and if they can’t solve the problem, they can pass the message on to us.”

Ashley showed Reuters a phone log showing police called her 15 times in one day earlier this month. The Zhengzhou Ministry of Public Security declined to comment.

RESCUE

About 2.3 trillion yuan ($43.02 billion) in loans are at stake if all unfinished projects end in mortgage boycotts, representing 6% of total mortgages, Natixis said in a report on last month.

Beijing has set up a bailout fund worth up to $44 billion and $29 billion in special loans for unfinished projects to restore confidence, sources said.

Sources at property developers and banks, however, said it could take time for these funds to make a difference.

“There won’t be money for everyone,” said a senior executive at a Shanghai-based developer.

A homebuyer from the China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) project in Hefei said he was due to receive his apartment in 2020, but construction has stalled for four years.

Buyers of this project began protesting last year and joined the wider boycott in June, said the buyer, who declined to be named.

Evergrande said company chairman Hui Ka Yan pledged in an internal meeting last week to return all construction to normal by the end of September.

Of Evergrande’s 706 projects, 38 have not resumed construction, while 62 are only now restarting.

“We will no longer pay mortgages if we don’t see any meaningful results,” the person said, adding that partial construction had resumed in late August with only about 20 workers.

“We will continue to protest – we will go to Beijing.”

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Reporting from Beijing and Shanghai newsrooms and from Clare Jim in Hong Kong; Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and Sam Holmes

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Construction delays leave hundreds of UGA students with no place to live http://ablepropertyinspections.com/construction-delays-leave-hundreds-of-uga-students-with-no-place-to-live/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 11:48:00 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/construction-delays-leave-hundreds-of-uga-students-with-no-place-to-live/ ATLANTA, Georgia (CBS46) – Hundreds of UGA students cannot move into a new student housing complex as the building is still a large construction site. Construction delayed to William Athens moved residents to the Spring Hill Suites hotel in Athens. According to a Facebook post, limited material and labor shortages have led to construction delays […]]]>

ATLANTA, Georgia (CBS46) – Hundreds of UGA students cannot move into a new student housing complex as the building is still a large construction site.

Construction delayed to William Athens moved residents to the Spring Hill Suites hotel in Athens.

According to a Facebook post, limited material and labor shortages have led to construction delays at the Williams Athens apartment complex. He keeps on:

“Despite our best efforts to continue these hotel accommodations, hotels can no longer accommodate our residents after September 17, 2022. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to find acceptable alternative accommodation.”

Residents are now being given several options on what to do, including accepting a cash payment to help with temporary housing while the apartment complex continues to be built or students can terminate their contract with the complex without penalty.

A Facebook group has been created by parents whose children are not displaced. One mum commented:

“The developers and everyone involved in this project have misrepresented this project from the beginning. Your social media campaign has always been false advertising. How dare you use these students and take their money and leave them homeless and broke?

A UGA student and resident of The William posted:

“I was completely unprepared for a further delay. I get it, things are happening, but with this delay, I might just have to turn around and leave Athens for now. I just don’t have a family to turn to for help.

The William did not indicate when construction is expected to be completed. The apartments were originally expected to be ready to move in at the start of the semester, a month ago.

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3 Residential Towers Will Replace Downtown Minneapolis Data Building http://ablepropertyinspections.com/3-residential-towers-will-replace-downtown-minneapolis-data-building/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:21:42 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/3-residential-towers-will-replace-downtown-minneapolis-data-building/ Sherman Associates, a Twin Cities developer, plans to demolish a vacant office building in downtown Minneapolis and replace it with three towers made up mostly of apartments. The $400 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2026, aims to help solve two real estate problems in the metropolitan area: too many offices and […]]]>

Sherman Associates, a Twin Cities developer, plans to demolish a vacant office building in downtown Minneapolis and replace it with three towers made up mostly of apartments.

The $400 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2026, aims to help solve two real estate problems in the metropolitan area: too many offices and not enough housing.

“We are very excited and optimistic about the direction Minneapolis is headed,” Sherman Chairman Chris Sherman said. “We believe downtown Minneapolis will have a whole new level of vibrancy and livability for the people who live, work and enjoy downtown.”

The company recently paid $6.4 million for the block along Washington Avenue that houses Wells Fargo’s now vacant operations center.

He plans to replace this building with a 10-story mixed-income mid-rise apartment building, a market-priced 20+ story apartment tower, and a 25+ story mixed-use tower that could be a hotel, accommodation and/or offices.

The proposal is the Minneapolis-based developer’s fifth and largest project currently underway in the city’s central business district, which has struggled to rebound from the loss of office workers during the pandemic.

The Wells Fargo Operations Center, which had three levels of underground space, will be demolished. Sherman plans to reuse the foundation walls to build underground parking for nearly 1,000 vehicles.

While many key aspects of the project are still preliminary and subject to community feedback and market forces over the next few months, there’s one thing that won’t change: its name.

A historical consultant helped uncover the block’s history over the past 160 years, leading Sherman to call the project “Harmonia”.

The name is a tribute to Harmonia Hall, a Victorian Gothic-style building that stood on part of the site from 1884 to 1962 and was used by the Harmonia Singing Society, an organization formed by the German community in Minneapolis, which hosted concerts, charity benefits and cultural events until 1899. The building, which later served as a theatre, business school and bank among other uses, was demolished in 1962.

The name is also a nod to its physical location in the Central Business District, but close to the Mill District and North Loop neighborhoods.

“For us, it really seemed to be about creating greater harmony for the city and connecting the areas and uses where people live, work and play, Sherman said. “We want this block to really bring great energy and harmony to the city for generations to come.”

Sherman said Harmonia will likely include multi-family, retail and restaurant spaces, but it’s also possible to include more offices, condominiums or hotel rooms if there’s future demand for one. such space.

The project, which was designed by ESG Architecture & Design, also includes a “characteristic restaurant square” and a courtyard.

A few blocks from Washington Avenue, Sherman is redeveloping another full block, which includes a new fire station, a 22-story market-rate tower and a six-story low-income apartment building. floors.

A few blocks from the Northstar Center, Sherman is about to begin converting a 300,000 square foot office tower into 216 rentals. The company is also redeveloping what is called the JI Case Building, which will house its headquarters.

These projects come at a time of relative uncertainty for the downtown office market.

Although workers are returning to downtown, the office vacancy rate in the central business district is still at record highs. And it’s expected that as the company’s leases expire, the vacancy rate will increase even further.

Sherman said the goal of these projects is to remove unnecessary office space in the city. The conversion of the Northstar East building to housing and the demolition of the Wells Fargo building, Sherman said, will remove nearly 1 million square feet of excess and underutilized office space.

The 550,000-square-foot Wells Fargo operations center alone accounts for about 10% of vacant office space in the central business district, he said.

Housing demand has strengthened as the pandemic subsided. In the metropolitan area, rental housing is still scarce and, given the increase in mortgage rates, the demand for rental housing is expected to increase.

The average vacancy rate in downtown Minneapolis during the second quarter was 8% despite the addition of several hundred new apartments, according to Marquette Advisors. At the same time, tenants in the sector saw their rents increase by 5.8%.

Sherman said he expects to close construction financing within the next 12 to 18 months and hopes construction can be completed in early 2026.

“We’re going to have lots of conversations with the community, the city, with other developers and with potential users,” Sherman said. “Our goal is to have a very defined vision early next year so we can move full speed ahead on the design.”

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DC apartment building changed locks for shooting victim – NBC4 Washington http://ablepropertyinspections.com/dc-apartment-building-changed-locks-for-shooting-victim-nbc4-washington/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 04:13:03 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/dc-apartment-building-changed-locks-for-shooting-victim-nbc4-washington/ A Howard University graduate claims he was forced out of his luxury apartment building on 14th Street after he was the victim of a violent crime there, and now a DC judge has ruled on Parts of the man’s lawsuit that allege racial discrimination and other violations by building management can go forward. Patrick Oseni, […]]]>

A Howard University graduate claims he was forced out of his luxury apartment building on 14th Street after he was the victim of a violent crime there, and now a DC judge has ruled on Parts of the man’s lawsuit that allege racial discrimination and other violations by building management can go forward.

Patrick Oseni, then 28, was shot on January 4, 2020 after opening the door to his 4th floor apartment in Capitol View on the 14th.

“All I see is like an arm, reach the apartment and start shooting,” he said in a zoom provided by his lawyers about the day that changed his life.

Oseni was hit in the head and chest. One of the bullets also damaged a water pipe and caused flooding in the building.

The crime remains unsolved.

Lawyer Mark Smith said Oseni, who knows no reason why someone would want to shoot him, came home from hospital, bandaged and in pain, to find the locks on his flat had been changed.

He said his client was shocked when management told him why.

“They told him the other tenants were no longer comfortable with him living in the building and urged him to leave, Smith said. “People associated with [United Dominion Realty Trust] chose to tell the other tenants that Mr. Oseni knew the people who shot him.”

Despite being up to date on his lease, Oseni chose to leave.

About a month later, according to a DC police report, officers made a large seizure of drugs and firearms, including one with a high-capacity ammo feeder, from an apartment in the same building also on the 4th floor.

Capitol View on 14th is owned by Colorado-based United Dominion Realty Trust, known as UDR. News4 has asked for comment on Oseni’s lawsuit and is awaiting a response.

We are also working to get more information about the drug raid that happened within a month of Oseni’s assassination.

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Bay Area apartment construction lags as rest of country booms – Times-Standard http://ablepropertyinspections.com/bay-area-apartment-construction-lags-as-rest-of-country-booms-times-standard/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 14:12:25 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/bay-area-apartment-construction-lags-as-rest-of-country-booms-times-standard/ From Miami to Seattle, apartment construction is booming as cities across the country recover from the pandemic. But in the Bay Area, it’s a different story. While U.S. apartment construction is at a 50-year high, San Francisco is expected to see a 58% drop in apartment completions this year, according to data from the rental […]]]>

From Miami to Seattle, apartment construction is booming as cities across the country recover from the pandemic. But in the Bay Area, it’s a different story.

While U.S. apartment construction is at a 50-year high, San Francisco is expected to see a 58% drop in apartment completions this year, according to data from the rental ad site RentCafe.

In San Jose, meanwhile, only half the number of apartments is expected to come online compared to 2021. And in Oakland, apartment construction is expected to drop 80%.

The declines are partly due to national challenges such as labor shortages, rising material prices and supply chain issues that other regions have been able to overcome so far This year.

But what makes the situation worse in the Bay Area, experts and housing advocates say, are long-standing barriers to development, including limited available land zoned for multi-family homes, cumbersome environmental reviews and vetting processes. endless permits and approvals – which neighbors often exploit to lobby. officials to delay or block new apartment buildings.

All of this contributes to inflating the area’s already astronomical construction costs, which discourages construction despite the high rents developers can charge for new apartments in the Bay Area.

“When you add up all of those factors, it really blocked the pipeline,” said Michael Lane, director of state policy at the Bay Area think tank SPUR. “The economy just doesn’t work.”

Last year, the Bay Area saw apartment construction rebounds COVID-19 closures in 2020, driven by an increase in new developments in Oakland and downtown San Jose. But as construction has slowed this year – although some large-scale projects continue to see the light of day – the area lags far behind many population centers in the country when it comes to building apartments.

The entire San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area is on track to complete approximately 7,400 apartments this year, down 26% from 2021, and less than half the number of units planned for similarly sized metros such as Seattle and Phoenix, which are each planned. to deliver more than 15,000 units, according to RentCafe. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area’s 3,000-unit pipeline is down 50% from last year and only one-third the size of Nashville’s smaller metro.

To kickstart construction and ease a growing statewide housing shortage, California lawmakers pushed earlier this month two bills facilitating the redevelopment of underutilized malls, office buildings and parking lots into new apartments and townhouses. Supporters say the bills, expected to be signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, could help lower housing costs by potentially creating hundreds of thousands of new affordable, market-priced homes across the Bay Area. .

Doug Ressler, director of business intelligence at sister company RentCare Yardi Matrix, said the reforms should unlock new land for housing by streamlining the complicated rezoning process to allow dense residential development on commercial properties.

“City cores like San Francisco, just like New York, have a finite amount of land, and no one is producing more land, Ressler said.

At the same time, state officials are target San Francisco housing policieslaunching an unprecedented survey last month into why it’s taking longer there than anywhere else in California to approve much-needed new homes.

Unlike New York, Miami and other major cities, where development is booming as people return in droves after fleeing at the height of the pandemic, San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area’s economic hubs – who have embraced remote working more than perhaps anywhere else in the country – were slower to recover.

As a result, Bay Area leases, while taking advantage of their recent low point in 2020have yet to reach pre-pandemic levels in some cities, including San Francisco and Oakland.

Lane with SPUR said uncertainty about the number of tenants wanting to live in the region’s busy urban centers – especially given fears of an impending economic downturn – could also prevent developers from pursuing new projects. apartments in these areas.

“Are we back to normal before the pandemic or have we changed forever?” Lane said. “It’s probably a mix of both, but it will take a long time to become clear.”

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Driver hospitalized after crashing into second floor of apartment building in Mississauga, city fire department says http://ablepropertyinspections.com/driver-hospitalized-after-crashing-into-second-floor-of-apartment-building-in-mississauga-city-fire-department-says/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:00:08 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/driver-hospitalized-after-crashing-into-second-floor-of-apartment-building-in-mississauga-city-fire-department-says/ Mississauga Fire says firefighters had to use “Jaws of Life” to rescue a driver from a vehicle after it crashed into a second-story window of an apartment building in the city’s downtown. A driver who crashed into a downtown Mississauga apartment building early this morning had to be removed from the vehicle and hospitalized, according […]]]>
Mississauga Fire says firefighters had to use “Jaws of Life” to rescue a driver from a vehicle after it crashed into a second-story window of an apartment building in the city’s downtown.

  • A driver was taken to hospital after crashing into a second story window of an apartment building in downtown Mississauga, Mississauga Fire officials said.

A driver who crashed into a downtown Mississauga apartment building early this morning had to be removed from the vehicle and hospitalized, according to the city’s fire department.

Mississauga Fire Platoon Chief Ryan Baird said firefighters responded to the scene at 250 Webb Drive around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, and found the vehicle overturned on its roof with a single driver trapped inside after appearing to smash a second-story window of the 15-story condominium building.

“The car was upside down and at a difficult angle,” says Baird, and firefighters had to use equipment to stabilize the vehicle, then the “Jaws of Life” to remove the door, then the driver.

Details of the driver, who was taken to hospital by Peel paramedics, were not released.

In a tweet about the incident, Mississauga Fire said the damage reached the fourth floor of the building, which according to city records contains 265 residential units.

A building inspector has been dispatched to investigate possible damage to 250 Webb Dr.

No one was injured inside the building, Baird said.

In an email, Peel Police Const. Jennifer Dagg says the driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

She says the police do not consider the accident suspicious.

**Editor’s Note: Story updated at 3:34pm Saturday September 10 with commentary from Peel Police.

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Construction of Charis Bible College student housing begins same day ministry donates $250,000 to city | Education http://ablepropertyinspections.com/construction-of-charis-bible-college-student-housing-begins-same-day-ministry-donates-250000-to-city-education/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 23:47:00 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/construction-of-charis-bible-college-student-housing-begins-same-day-ministry-donates-250000-to-city-education/ WOODLAND PARK • Construction of apartments for Charis Bible College students began Thursday on the nearly 500-acre Andrew Wommack Ministries campus in Woodland Park. student residence project. Each 40-bed complex will cost about $6.5 million to build, said Andrew Wertz, senior vice president of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College. This amount is […]]]>

WOODLAND PARK • Construction of apartments for Charis Bible College students began Thursday on the nearly 500-acre Andrew Wommack Ministries campus in Woodland Park. student residence project.

Each 40-bed complex will cost about $6.5 million to build, said Andrew Wertz, senior vice president of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College.

This amount is an additional $1 million per unit as of November 2021, when Andrew Wommack, founder of the evangelical Christian organization and vocational Bible training college, announced at a campus open house that the next phase of construction was about to begin.

The first four units are still expected to open in time for the fall 2023 semester, Wertz said. Wommack said last year he wanted to erect up to eight student apartment buildings, depending on funding.

Construction was delayed five months, due to conditions imposed by city leaders a decade ago when Wommack decided to develop a mega-campus in Woodland Park and relocate the headquarters of its college and its organization from Colorado Springs to the small mountain town to the west. .

A clause added after the department presented an original development of planned units, known as a PUD, and received approval from the city council was at the center of the controversy.

The city had later inserted a requirement into the approved ordinance that the ministry would privatize future student housing, which made the planned dormitory development subject to property taxes.

Andrew Wommack Ministries didn’t know, CEO Billy Epperhart said in an interview Thursday.


The organization has emails from 2012 regarding the PUD before the clause was added, he said, and later objections later in 2012 and again in 2015, when his attorney informed the city that the organization did not know that the tax condition had been inserted and objected to it.

“The PUD just referenced a late night meeting with the mayor, Epperhart said. “He didn’t say anything about student housing.”

The case constituted a mistake on the part of the city council a decade ago, Wertz said.

The current board agreed on August 4, approving by a 5-2 vote a request from Andrew Wommack Ministries to amend the PUD and remove the condition. The organization’s attorney argued that because Ministries and Charis Bible College are nonprofit religious entities, they are tax-exempt and cannot be taxed by law.

The amount of the “one-time, non-binding” donation to the city’s utility department was an internal decision the organization’s leaders arrived at after studying the city’s needs, Wertz said.

Some wondered at last month’s city council meeting why fire or ambulance districts weren’t equally beneficiaries.

Those entities are outside the city’s jurisdiction, City Manager Michael Lawson said, adding that discussions about the city’s tax structure are ongoing.

Residents who opposed the proposed change to PUD said the college, which enrolls about 1,050 students on-site this semester and hosts numerous seminars with thousands of attendees, is straining the city’s infrastructure and services. .

Since opening in Woodland Park in 2014, Charis has donated more than $800,000 in money, services and goods to local efforts such as food pantries, the fire district and the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, said Mike Pickett, vice president of the Bible college. The sheriff’s office received a horse trailer, stun guns and body armor, he said.

Lawson said the organization’s charitable contribution to city coffers is pleasing because “it takes a step forward from a difficult political issue.”

Some residents have complained that the college has negatively affected traffic flow, housing affordability and availability, and the overall nature of the community.


Charis Bible College to begin building student accommodation, as founder Andrew Wommack says, 'We want to be a constructive part of the community'

The city’s housing shortage predates college’s arrival, Debbie Miller, president of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday during a presentation to freshmen. Miller said the lack of housing was a problem when she moved to the area in 2005, as she encouraged students to become a benefit to the community.

The city plans to spend Charis’ donation on additional water rights, Lawson said, because “without water you can’t grow.” City leaders view the Twin Lakes Reservoir as a potential long-term supply source, he said.

Between 7,950 and 8,200 residents live within the city limits, according to various counts from the U.S. Census Bureau and the State Demography Office, the House’s Miller said.

Woodland Park’s growth has slowed in recent years and is limited by the water taps available for new construction, Lawson said. This year, the city sold 29 water faucets and there are 51 left for sale, Miller said.

The construction of new student apartments should ease concerns about the college’s contribution to the area’s housing crisis, officials said.

“Our desire has always been to be a good neighbor, and I believe this donation is just one of the many ways we can help Woodland Park during this time of continued growth,” Epperhart said Thursday, introducing the city ​​manager with a ceremonial check.

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New York apartment fire leads people to jump from building in Queens: FDNY http://ablepropertyinspections.com/new-york-apartment-fire-leads-people-to-jump-from-building-in-queens-fdny/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:46:00 +0000 http://ablepropertyinspections.com/new-york-apartment-fire-leads-people-to-jump-from-building-in-queens-fdny/ At least two people jumped from a fire in a building in Queens on Tuesday night as firefighters rushed to put out the blaze, according to firefighters. Firefighters arrived on 23rd Avenue in Astoria after 7 p.m. and saw two people on the ground who had jumped from the building, NYFD Deputy Chief Mark Cuccurullo […]]]>

At least two people jumped from a fire in a building in Queens on Tuesday night as firefighters rushed to put out the blaze, according to firefighters.

Firefighters arrived on 23rd Avenue in Astoria after 7 p.m. and saw two people on the ground who had jumped from the building, NYFD Deputy Chief Mark Cuccurullo said. Four people were rescued from the building, including a mother and her newborn baby, Cuccurullo told the Post at the scene.

The baby was first picked up by firefighters from a rear emergency exit before the mother was helped, he said.

Several people were taken to area hospitals following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 6, 2022.
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A man is carried on a stretcher following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 5, 2022.
A man is carried on a stretcher following the fire in Astoria, Queens on September 5, 2022.
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Six people required medical attention and five of them were transported to area hospitals.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was on the second floor of the three-story building. About 60 firefighters brought the blaze under control.

Cuccurullo said when firefighters arrived the flames “were coming out the windows.”

A witness on the block saw a man descend an emergency exit before falling from the second floor and breaking his leg.

“It’s a sound I don’t want to hear anymore,” said resident Steve Foustanellas. “His leg split in the middle when he hit the concrete.”

He said people tried to grab the man after he slipped.

“He just fell and people were screaming and crying,” Foustanellas said.

The fire started on the second floor of the building, officials said.
The fire started on the second floor of the building, officials said.
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A dog was also apparently trapped before a door was opened and the animal escaped, Foustanellas said.

The cause of the fire was not determined Tuesday evening.

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