|The Gardens at Flint Hills
Developer: R& J Investments
Contractor: Snyder Construction
|previously owned by the City of Manhattan, and part of the Flint Hills Place public
On August 11, 2005 the Manhattan Housing Authority submitted an application to
the Special Applications Center of HUD to dispose of the 2.5 acres of land to the
Manhattan Area Housing Partnership (MAHP) for $1 to facilitate this development;
this request was approved on October 13, 2005.
The development is financed through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in
the amount of $3,940,869 ($421,519 Tax Credits which created $3,519,350 in Tax
Credit equity), and HOME funds in the amount of $200,000. Kansas State University
granted an Easement on their property for construction of an access road to the
Gardens development at a cost of $1,000. Ground breaking was in December 2005;
the project was completed in December of 2006.
|On December 29, 2005, Snyder Construction began moving dirt at the Gardens at
Flint Hills site. Construction crews began setting foundations in February of 2006.
Pictured below are views of the site from January 27, 2006.
|One of the dilemmas faced by the contractor during construction
was finding a lot more rock in the ground than had been expected.
|By the end of April, 2006, The Gardens at Flint Hills Place was
beginning to take form. Construction crews made up time lost due to
rain by bringing in thirty extra workers to do the walls and framing.
Below are pictures of the continued progress which had been made.
|By the end of May 2006, The Gardens was
buildings had roofs completed and interior work
had begun on the clubhouse and office. Pictures
below show the progress made at this point.
|By July, pre-leasing of units had
begun. Sheetrocking of unit interiors
was started as well as siding of