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>>> WHEN THE LOUISON HOUSE HOMELESS SHELTER IN ADAMS,

MASSACHUSETTS EXPERIENCED AN ELECTRICAL FIRE AND FLOODING

IN THE EARLY SUMMER OF 2016, NO ONE KNEW IT WOULD BE ALMOST

FOUR YEARS BEFORE THEIR DOORS WOULD REOPEN.

IN THE INTERIM, THOSE IN NEED OF HOUSING ASSISTANCE IN

NORTHERN BERKSHIRE COUNTY HAVE HAD TO GO TO LOUISON'S "FLOOD

HOUSE" BUILDING IN NORTH ADAMS.

BUT THE ADAMS FACILITY IS FINALLY SET TO REOPEN SOON, AS

CONNECTING POINT'S BRIAN SULLIVAN FOUND OUT WHEN HE

STOPPED BY RECENTLY AS WORK CREWS WERE PUTTING THE

FINISHING TOUCHES ON IT.

>> CLASSIC HITS BLARING FROM A PORTABLE RADIO.

THE SWISH OF PAINT BRUSH MAKING UP AND DOWN STROKES

COVERING TRIM.

THE BACK AND FORTH SCRAPING OF SANDING BLOCKS, AND SKIL SAWS

MAKING PRECISE CUTS.

FOR ANY RENOVATION HOME SITE, THIS COMBINATION OF SOUNDS IS

NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

BUT THIS IS NO RUN OF THE MILL ORDINARY HOME RENOVATION

PROJECT, THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSE ON OLD COLUMBIA

STREET IN ADAMS HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE THE INCIDENT

THAT TOOK PLACE ON THE FATEFUL MORNING OF SUNDAY, JUNE 26,

2016.

>> ABOUT 9:00 OR 10:00 IN THE MORNING, THERE WAS A SMALL

ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE STORAGE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, OLD

ELECTRICITY, YOU KNOW.

OUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM WORKED VERY WELL, THOUGH, JUST BEEN

FIXED A WEEK AND A HALF BEFORE.

SO BASICALLY TOOK OUT A CONE SHAPE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

BUILDING FROM THE 3rd FLOOR DOWN, JUST TOOK OUT

EVERYTHING.

>> SINCE THE DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE WAS SO EXPANSIVE.

IT PLAYED A DOMINANT ROLE IN THE GAP OF TIME BETWEEN WHEN

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AND PRESENT DAY, BECAUSE THE MORE

PROBLEMS THEY DISCOVERED, THE HORMONE IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO

FIX IT.

>> WE HAD TO GET A LOT OF FUNDING, IT'S NOT SOMETHING

OUR COMMUNITY, OUR HOUSE CAN COME UP WITH THE AMOUNT OF

MONEY, WE HAD TO LOOK THROUGH SOURCE THROUGH THE STATE AND

GOING FOR STATE REDEVELOPMENT MONEY, WHICH WE'RE NOT

EXACTLY -- WE'RE NOT EXACTLY THE AGENCY THAT HAS NORMAL

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FUNDS.

>> FORTUNATELY WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF OUR BOARD

AS WELL, WHO HAVE -- THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF

GETTING GRANT MONEY.

SO THIS HAS BEEN A CONSTANT PROCESS OF WRITING, APPLYING

FOR THEM, WAITING TO SEE IF THEY CAN AGREE UPON AND ACCEPT

IT.

>> WITH THE OVERALL CONSTRUCTION COSTS AROUND THE

$2 MILLION MARKER, EVERY ACCEPTED PROPOSAL CAME IN

HANDY.

BUT THOSE COSTS WILL RECOVER THE RENOVATION SCHEDULE DOWN

TO THE INTERIM SHELTER HERE, ONCE EVERYONE HAS MOVED OUT.

SINCE EARLY JULY OF 2016, THIS RESIDENCE HERE AT 149 CHURCH

STREET IN NORTH ADAMS HAS BEEN THE TEMPORARY RELOCATION SPOT

FOR THE SHELTER.

BUT NOW OVER 3 1/2 YEARS LATER, THEY'RE JUST ABOUT

READY TO MOVE BACK INTO THE SHELTER'S ORIGINAL LOCATION

ONLY A FEW MILES UP THE ROAD HERE IN THE TOWN OF ADAMS.

BUT THAT MOVE DOESN'T TAKE PLACE WITHOUT SOME MAJOR

CONSTRUCTION.

GARY BUILDERS WAS AWARDED THE CONTRACT.

FOR THE MOST THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE UP AGAINST.

WE WERE THERE TOWARD THE END OF THE PROJECT, BUT AT THE

OUTSET, IT WAS A COMPLETE OVERALL.

>> IT WAS BASICALLY I MEAN FLOOR UP, THE NEW WALLS, NEW

SHEET ROCK, FLOORING, CEILINGS, PAINT, ELECTRICAL

LIGHTING, SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.

PLUMBING, BATHROOMS, NEW ADA FIXTURES, SO THERE'S TWO

HANDICAP UNITS IN THERE.

SO ROLL-IN SHOWERS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THAT ACCOMPANY PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE A DISABILITY WHEN THEY

MOVE IN.

SO THERE'S A LOT MORE TO IT THAN JUST A HOUSE OR A SIMPLE

REBUILD.

>> THE REVAMPED SHELTER MAY FEEL A LITTLE MORE SECLUDED

THAN THE TEMPORARY CHURCH STREET LOCATION.

DESPITE BEING ONLY TWO STREETS IN FROM ROUTE 8.

THAT SECLUSION WORKED FINE FOR THE NEARLY 27 YEARS IT WAS IN

OPERATION BEFORE THE INCIDENT.

AT THIS POINT, THEY'RE JUST READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT

CHAPTER.

>> WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BUILDING TO GET READY,

REDONE, AND IT'S IN PROGRESS, AND WE ARE GETTING THERE.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE BACK.

SOMETHING WE THOUGHT ORIGINALLY WOULD JUST TAKE A

SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TO GET THIS BUILDING FIXED, AND IT'S

TAKEN, YOU KNOW, 3 1/2 YEARS, THERE WILL BE SOME TOUCHUPS

LATER IN THE SPRING, BUT ESSENTIALLY WE HOPE SOON TO BE

MOVING INTO THIS BUILDING.

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