Repairs approved for sinkhole in apartment lot

November 02, 2008|By Chris Guy

Nearly three years after a large sinkhole formed in the parking lot of an Annapolis high-rise apartment building, the city's public housing authority is set to spend nearly $1 million on repairs.

Construction, to be completed in two parts, is scheduled to begin before the end of the year and is expected to take two to six months to complete, depending on weather, according to Eric Brown, executive director of the Housing Authority of Annapolis.

"In fact, what we have are several sinkholes, not just one," Brown said. "I don't have the dimensions, but they are definitely large holes. They're wide and deep."

Brown said crews will first repair a faulty 10-foot-diameter storm water pipe that leaked and eroded in an area under the parking lot of the Glenwood public housing apartments, housing that serves elderly and disabled clients. Later, crews will resurface the parking lot and install new landscaping at the site on Glenwood Street near Taylor Avenue.

The housing authority board accepted a $985,769 bid from a Virginia-based company to handle the project, Brown said. "It's taken a long time to line up grants from the [federal] Department of Housing and Urban Development," Brown said.

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