Jergens Estates rehab slated

The John Jergens Estate senior housing apartments in Forest Lake will be rehabilitated with $85,328 from the Washington County 2011 Community Development Block Grant. The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed to the use of the money at its meeting Feb. 7. Spending the funds is directed by the county’s 2011 annual action plan for the block grant. Annual grant funds for federal CDBG and HOME programs are used to fund high- and medium-priority activities identified in the consolidated plan approved by the board and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority owns the 30 apartments to be rehabilitated. The majority of the residents have very low or low incomes below 80 percent of the area median income. The project includes the replacement of 20-year-old water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning units and renovation of the original kitchens and bathrooms.