Major flaws have plagued Gibson Heights; issues with houses need to be corrected |

Major flaws have plagued Gibson Heights; issues with houses need to be corrected

I want to clarify a few points that were not included in the article regarding our construction problems at Gibson Heights.

First, I would like to say that I do believe this community needs to address the affordable housing issue. I also believe that the idea of a local neighborhood is an excellent idea. Gibson Heights could have been an awesome example of what to do. Instead, it is an example of everything not to do.

From the initial concept, to the design, to the construction of this project, major flaws appear to have been present. What has compounded these issues was the work of former Summit Housing Authority (SHA) director Gordon Ferris. 

I feel that we, the people whom this project was supposed to be about, became victims. All of those involved in the conception and realization of this project, including contractor KYPY and the SHA board members, should help rectify the situation. All I am asking for is for those involved to uphold their obligation in the contract we signed with them.

From Nov. 20 until the present, the SHA and KYPY have been in violation of our contract. This is unacceptable for any organization to be in violation this long, especially one whose objective is to help the working class live in Summit County, not make all those living here want to move.

Lastly, I would like to make one public thank-you, to Jennifer Bell of the Summit Housing Authority. She has conducted herself with the utmost professionalism during a stressful and demanding time, dealing with a mess she did not create. She has been as helpful as she has the power to be and I sincerely appreciate her attempts to stick up for the locals who have found themselves in this unfortunate mess.

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