HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- If you've driven down Greene Street in downtown Huntsville lately, you might have noticed some work going on at Todd Towers. In February, the Huntsville Housing Authority hired a construction company to wrap the 100-unit apartment building with a modern brick and stucco facade. The building was having some issues with rainwater so architects said the exterior will now be somewhat of a rain coat.
It will help it blend Todd Towers blend in better with its downtown neighbors like 301 East and Belk Hudson Lofts. "If it's going to better the building, I'm all for it," said resident Loranzo Montgomery. "As long as it benefits the the building, makes it look better, I'm all for it."
Residents seem to be okay with the construction. They are also getting new energy-efficient windows and wall-mounted air conditioner units. Montgomery has lived in the affordable housing complex for four years. He has been waiting for these upgrades. "It's way overdue," he said. "Some parts of the building are falling apart. You got concrete falling down right up there on the first floor. There's a big chunk of concrete that fell down on the patio, if someone would have been standing down here, they would have been hurt."
All of the renovations will cost about $1.75 million. While the construction might be a nuisance, residents think it will pay off in the long run.
"You got to take a little bad to get to the good so it'll be alright," said Montgomery.
HHA is paying for the renovations with money from its 2012 and 2013 capital budgets. They hope the construction will be finished by the beginning of September.