The Fayette County Housing Authority is planning on major renovations at Lemont Heights.

At its regular monthly meeting last week, the authority awarded general, electrical and plumbing contracts to the lowest bidders totaling just under $1 million for the 24-unit housing complex in Lemont Furnace.

The project will be comprised of exterior renovations including windows, doors, siding, roof and gutters as well as rebuilding retaining walls, installing new railings and performing some concrete work, said Tom Marra, the authority’s director of capital improvements.

The only interior work to be done will include new kitchens in addition to electrical and plumbing upgrades, Marra said.

The authority awarded an $874,000 general construction contract to Maxim Construction, which Marra noted is the contractor currently working on a $1.3 million remodeling of 41 individual homes at Clarence Hess Terrace in Masontown.

The authority awarded $55,000 electrical and $68,322 plumbing construction contracts to Westmoreland Electric Services and Newman Plumbing, Inc., respectively.

The project will start around late August and last five months, Marra said.

In other business, the authority approved its annual lease agreement with Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging for $39,286, a 3% increase from the $38,141 amount for which the authority approved leasing office space to the agency last year.

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