Elmwood, McBride public housing in Cairo, IL to be demolished

Company hired for HUD demo in Cairo

ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Alexander County Housing Authority awarded $1.9 million to a contractor to demolish the public housing complexes in Cairo.

RCRA, Inc. of Benton, Ill. will raze 278 housing units in the Elmwood and McBride public housing complexes.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Elmwood and McBride public housing complexes were built in the 1940s. The two-story structures were closed for unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

“The electrical and plumbing systems are out of date, insulation is insufficient and the cost of repairing these developments to meet basic health and safety standards exceeds $7.5 million. In the end, the only responsible solution for these World War II-era buildings was to tear them down.”
Jereon Brown, HUD spokesperson

HUD provided the 185 Elmwood and McBride families with tenant protection vouchers that allowed them to relocate anywhere within the nation.

According to HUD, demolition is expected to cost nearly $2 million and they anticipate it will be finished by September 2019. They say the land will be restored to green space.

As far as a timeline on when it will start, HUD spokesperson Jereon Brown said paperwork will be signed and reviewed over the next week.

“Weather permitting, we’re looking at mid-April,” he said.

According to the contractor, RCRA, they’ll start in three to four weeks with asbestos abatement by a subcontractor and then secure the sites. It may be approximately six weeks before the actual tearing down starts.

According to Jereon Brown, HUD spokesperson, the $1.9 million currently awarded is a low bid. He said if all of the money allocated is not spent, it will be used by another Housing Authority.

The Mary Alice Meadows and Sunset Terrace complexes closed in February 2018.

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