HPC says no vinyl win­dows in apart­ment build­ing

Real es­tate ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Free says the cost of alu­minum-clad win­dows is an eco­nomic hard­ship.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor DWalker@RN-T.com

The Rome His­toric Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion has re­jected an­other bid by real es­tate ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Free for vinyl win­dows in his six-unit apart­ment build­ing at 202 E. Fourth Ave.

Free sought an eco­nomic hard­ship dec­la­ra­tion for the project Wed­nes­day, claim­ing the cost of re­plac­ing 90 win­dows with alu­minum-clad win­dows would add more than $100,000 to the cost of ren­o­vat­ing the three-story build­ing in Rome’s his­toric Be­tween the Rivers Dis­trict.

Free said the cost for vinyl win­dows was $703 per win­dow as op­posed to $1,828 for alu­minum-clad win­dows.

Charles Nor­ris, an HPC board mem­ber, asked if all the win­dows needed re­place­ment right away. Free said only 19 win­dows were of im­me­di­ate need to be re­placed.

Nor­ris and other HPC mem­bers sug­gested Free could phase in the re­place­ment to spread out the cost.

“I have a bur­den to pro­tect the his­toric dis­trict,” said HPC mem­ber Mary Sib Banks.

“I share your pas­sion,” said Free, who added that the re­quest was sim­ply an is­sue of get­ting a rea­son­able re­turn on his in­vest­ment for the prop­erty.

HPC mem­ber Roger Wade said he felt like Free ought to be able to get a pre­mium rent for the apart­ments once the ren­o­va­tions are com­pleted.

Wade also said the in­creased rent could off­set the ad­di­tional cost of the win­dow re­place­ment.

Free said he was look­ing at $800 a month for rent, how­ever Wade hinted that sim­i­lar square footage in down­town Rome is go­ing for well over $1,000 a month right now.

Free ex­plained that his build­ing does not have an el­e­va­tor, and en­ter­ing from the front is al­most the equiv­a­lent of walk­ing up two flights be­fore a ten­ant gets to the first floor.

HPC board mem­ber Au­drey Bur­ton made the mo­tion to deny the hard­ship.

“I think we would be set­ting a ter­ri­ble prece­dent,” Bur­ton said.

The vote to re­ject the eco­nomic hard­ship was unan­i­mous, once again leav­ing Free with the op­tion of all wood win­dows or alu­minum-clad win­dows.

Doug Walker / Rome News-Tri­bune

The Rome HPC has re­jected a bid for vinyl re­place­ment win­dows in this apart­ment build­ing at 202 E. Fourth Ave.

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