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June 19, 2015 – The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to Midland’s Washington Woods Senior Housing Community for needed asbestos removal and subsequent remodeling.
In Winter 2015, asbestos-containing material was identified in flooring tiles located in the west wing of Washington Woods. Following extensive testing of the facility, asbestos was found to exist in several other materials within the west wing, including flooring, sprayed ceilings, fire doors, kitchen sinks and backsplashes, window glazing, and more. These materials were included in the construction of this part of the facility in 1978. The east wing, which was not constructed until 1985, was found to be largely free of asbestos-containing materials.
Following extensive research, the City of Midland estimated a cost of $4 million to remove all asbestos-containing materials and subsequently remodel the 37-year-old west wing. While the City has budgeted for several substantial improvements over the coming years – including elevator, roof, and major mechanical equipment replacements – adequate funds were not budgeted for these unexpected abatement and resulting renovation costs that are now necessary. The City, in response, asked The Foundation for assistance in covering the costs of the work necessary to maintain the senior living facility’s place in the community as a safe, affordable, and attractive housing option for Midland’s senior citizens.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has long been a strong supporter of Midland’s senior citizens, and their financial support of Washington Woods extends back over 30 years to the construction of the east wing in 1985.
“Washington Woods is an important housing resource within the Midland community, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to ensuring its viability for years to come,” said Macauley Whiting Jr., president of The Foundation. “Selecting the senior housing community to receive this grant continues The Foundation’s history of helping to make Midland an appealing and affordable home for our senior citizens.”
The generous support of The Foundation will enable the City to immediately begin the removal of all asbestos-containing materials from Washington Woods as well as the complete remodeling of all 100 residential apartment units and common areas throughout the west wing. The project will continue in phases over the next four years, with completion anticipated for late 2018.
For more information on The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, visit www.hhdowfdn.org. To find out more about Washington Woods, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/seniorhousing or call 989-837-3494.