Plumbing work will be done in stages, and could require the use of hotels or other temporary housing for tenants

    Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority selected the architect firm Michael J Burns Architects of Fargo at this week’s annual meeting for the upcoming Oak Court Apartments plumbing project which could start as early as May 2019.

    The plumbing project addresses essentially all of the plumbing in the apartment building that was constructed in 1969-70. In recent years, costly maintenance issues have risen significantly with most of the problems being in the water supply lines. There have been failures in wastewater piping as well.

    The proposed plan, Hoiseth told the Times, is to displace four to eight units at a time with eight being more realistic as they are “back-to-back” in the apartments.

    “Displacement is still a topic, based on if we are full when this starts, we will be forced to use hotels or temporary housing,” he explained. “If we have some attrition from now until start up, we likely will keep those rooms open, and just displace residents to a new room until theirs is complete.”

    “We certainly want to be very sensitive to each tenant's individual needs,” Hoiseth added. “The less disruption to their lives, the better.”

    Work would be done in every bathroom and kitchen in the building, and would involve installation of more efficient toilets, new showers, drains, etc. Vanities, floor coverings and related accessories will also be replaced.

    Hoiseth said in a May 2018 interview with the Times that the savings on water and utility bills will be significant after the project is complete.