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Newark Housing Authority Elderly Sites Physical Needs Assessment

Newark, New Jersey<br style='line-height:2px'>Housing Authority of the City of Newark

HAKS performed a Physical Needs Assessment for the Newark Housing Authority Elderly Facilities in Newark, New Jersey. The developments included 24 buildings with a total of 2,975 dwelling units. The survey and report were presented in three major parts—current physical conditions and long-term viability; potential for further improvements in safety, security and energy conservation; and prioritized estimates of cost adjusted for inflation over the next 20+ years. 

The project was designed to assist the NHA in fulfilling a federal mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which requires all public housing authorities to develop property-based budgeting, accounting and management, consistent with practices in private industry. It also provided NHA with the basis for a Capital Plan to maintain its building assets in a state of good repair for many years to come. Surveys were undertaken for the site, buildings and facilities. 

HAKS managed the condition survey and value assessment of a strategic sample (20%) of residential apartments plus common areas in the high-rise buildings. Site inspection included paved and unpaved surfaces, landscape, site drainage, lighting, playgrounds, and street furniture. Building and facility inspections included all exterior and interior components such as facade, roof, stairs, structure, doors, windows, and finishes, as well as electrical and mechanical systems. 

The physical needs assessment report included descriptions of existing conditions with representative photographs, estimates of cost, cost summaries and recommendations for potential improvements in safety, security and energy conservation. 

Hazardous materials building surveys were conducted at each building as part of the physical needs assessment. The hazardous materials surveys included surveying each building structure for the presence of asbestos-containing materials; lead-base paint; underground storage tanks; light ballasts containing PCBs; mercury-containing lights, switches, and controls; chemical storage containers; and waste storage areas. Each structure was inspected for mold contamination, and radon gas readings were collected in the lower level common areas.