Weatherstripping West Dallas
It won't be cheap: The city guesstimates that it'll need to redo 400 homes at an average cost of $5,000 each, and the city hopes to hire a contractor -- if not more than one -- by July in order to "conduct the necessary energy assessments and retrofits so as to achieve reduction in energy usage." Alas, the money will come from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, funded by the funded for the first time under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The city also says it will need to hire an inspector and a coordinator to handle the administration of the program, which will also involve everything from replacing fixing duct work to screwing in compact fluorescent light bulbs. And it wants to get one house done by August and the whole neighborhood finished by February.
So, why the sudden interest in weatherizing West Dallas? Says the briefing memo:
As the Calatrava Bridge, Trinity Park Initiatives and the widening of Singleton Blvd. have fueled reinvestment in West Dallas, the City's redevelopment strategy has focused on the existing housing stock with emphasis on infill, rehabilitation and redevelopment. This weatherization effort directly supports the departments housing goals for this NIP Target neighborhood.