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WASHINGTON, D. C.. footing J§kf SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1947 SOCIETY AND CLASSIFIED Β m From Raw Land to Finished Project: Steps in FHA District Rental Housing Program Above is rough-graded land at Columbia pike and George Mason drive, in Arlington County, which will be occupied by 211 rental apartments to be built as addition to Barcroft develop ment under FHA multifamily rental housing program. View of part of 900 units completed in Barcroft since 1941 indicates how new project will appear when completed. Two mmmmtm βββ * mmmm mm billion dollars In Government funds has been made available to Insure mortgages on single homes and rental projects. District FHA officials look over Barcroft site in advance of in suring mortgage. Left to right, C. M. Burckes, chief underwriter; R. P. Seaford, housing project representative; Thomas W. Lyons, chief valuator, and E. L. Simpson, chief construction examiner. —Star Staff Photos In District FHA offices on sixth floor of Walker Building, 734 Fifteenth street N.W., Builder Thomas N. De Lash mutt of De Lashmutt Bros., standing at right center, explains plans for Barcroft project to local FHA Director James A. Hewitt, standing at left, and other officials. Seated (left to right) are Mr. Simpson, chief construction examiner; Mr. Seaford, housing project representative; Mr. Burckes, chief underwriter; A. H. Brooks, land planning consultant; Thomas W. Lyons, chief valuator, and Thomas W. McQueen, chief credit examiner. Section of architectural section in Washington FHA office. In this office, costs are estimated and builders' plans and specifi cations are checked to determine whether they meet FHA struc tural, landscaping and other requirements. Forty-two large-scale projects recently were handled in this office. _ t D. C. Building Permits H Drop to a Total of $408,735 in Week Buildings permits issued by Rob ert H. Davis, District building in spections director, this week dropped by $1.082,620 from the week before '"I to a total of $408,735. Among them was one for $94,000 for an office building. Permits of $5,000 or over were as follows: Liberty Building Association, 511 Seventh street N.W., owners; Walter B. Avery, 629 Ρ street N.W., builder; Porter & Lockie, National Metro politan Bank Building, architect; to erect one 3-story and basement masonry office building, repairs and addition, 1407 G, street N.W.; to cost $94,000. Regina F. McKeever, in care ol Prescott Construction Co., Inc., own er: Prescott Construction Co., Inc. builders; Leon Chatelain, jr., archi tect; to make general alterations and repair for the Potomac Elec tric Power Co., 916 G street N.W.; to cost $50,000. Nick Mezzella, 4020 Q street S.E. owner and builder; George T. Sant myers, 2209 L street N.W., architect; to erect six 2-story brick anc cinder block dwellings; 1224 to 44 Forty-sixth street S.E.; to cost $36,· > 000. .iiw Bowie-Vincent Motor Co., 501Î . Georgia avenue N.W., owner; Rinau· » · dot & Mead, Bethesda, Md„ builderj (See PERMITS, Page B-2.) Gadgets Permanent Heater Uses Electricity; Faucet Aerator By Hiison Munsey In the spring and. early fall, som< form of auxiliary heat in such room! as the bathroom is a comfort anc a convenience. The morning showei in, a chilly room is nothing to loo! forward to, and in the home where there are small children that hav< to be bathed, warmth is very neces sary. A permanently installed electric heater will answer the question foi "in-between" heating periods. It ha! no fan or other working parts t< go out^of order or wear out anc need replacing. It contains a heat ing element that will not burn oui and produces enough warmth t< take care of the entire room. It is made in four sizes—1,000 1, 500, 2,000 and 3,000 watt capacity. A separate control wall switch car be installed, although this is not in ; eluded in the unit. This unit ii useful, too, for hair drying, or i can be used in a room where then is a cold spot that needs covérin; for the sake of comfort. A recent addition to the conven· (See GADGETS, Page B-2.) D C Area's FHA Rental Projects Lead Nation; Way Is Cleared to Build 3,803 Apartments By Robert J. Lewis Real Estate Editor of The Star "The large-scale rental program Is now rolling in high gear." That's the way James A. Hewitt, director of the Federal Housing Ad ministration's District office, slimmed up progress in the Washington area on FHA's multi-family rental hous ing program. Under that program, FHA so far has agreed to insure mortgages for $25,936,100 for construction of a total ; of 3,803 apartments in 42 different privately sponsored apartment proj ; ects. · Smallest project is for 10 apart ments. Largest is for 300. The apartments range in size from thre# to five rooms. The number of local apartments planned under the program exceeds the total for any one of the 48 States, the national FHA office said. 18 More Projects Studied. In addition to the number on ι which FHA already has agreed to ; insure 90 per cent of the necessary ι cost, including land, about 18 proj : ects to provide 5,000 more apart ments are being considered in the preliminary stages. Veterans will receive preference in the rental of all apartments. The owner of a project may charge an average shelter rent of $80 monthly, plus a maximum possible allowance of $3 a room for services, such as costs for cutting the grass, janitor service, garbage disposal and similar expenditures. * Taking into consideration all apartments to be provided under present commitments, the average shelter rent is $19.50 a room, plus varying amounts for services. Rents are fixed by FHA to permit an annual net return to the owner not to exceed 6% per cent after ex penses and taxes, and after an al lowance of 7 per cent to cover vacancy and collection losses. 12 Projects in Early Stage. Up to now, 12 projects having 1,308 apartments, with mortgage in surance of $8,790,000. are in the early stages of construction here, FHA officials said. The office has com mitted itself to go ahead with in suring the other projects as soon as the builders are ready. In the period of nearly a year since the progra%i got under way, FHA has agreed to issue $105,000,000 in mortgage insurance for construc tion of 15,000 apartments in 250 projects throughout the country." Shortages of materials were said to have held up the program until re cently. Two billion dollars was made available by Congress last year for Insurance of mortgages on single homes and multi-family rental proj ects. Of this, approximately $1,250,000, 000 is left with which to aid financ ing of homes and rental projects, an FHA spokesman said. FHA's campaign to boost the sup ply of rental housing is in line with ■needs shown by a number of sur veys, including one by the Census Bureau, which show that many vet erans prefer to rent a place to live rather than to buy. Many veterans are not yet estab lished financially to assume obliga tions that go with owning their own home, Government housing officials pointed out. New Incentives Offered. To step up rental housing production, recent changes in the Government's program offer "new incentives, speedier action and in (See LEWIS, Page B-6.) District Rental Housing Picture A total of 766 applications were filed during the last week at the District Veterans Housing Center for houses, apartments and rooms. Of the total, 730 families wanted dwellings and 36 sought rooms. To fill the need, 87 dwellings and 186 rooms were listed. Applicants were classified as fol lows: Veterans Norl and service servicemen, persons. Ttl. Just Arrived .125 18 143 Separated from Fam ilies 98 » 107 Evictions ... 107 28 135 Desire to Move from Public Housing 1 Ο 1 Present Housing In adequate 324 51 375 Totals 659 107 760 39 Dwellings Approved The District FHA office approved construction of 39 dwelling units during the last week, boosting to 5,662 the number of units approved since December 24. Writer Explains How to Keep Garden Τools in Prime Shape By W. Wadsworth Wood Less than five years ago it was possible to hire a gardener to take care of your grounds for a small fee. He would spend a full day or two in the spring doing a general clean-up job, and usually work a half day a week keeping the grounds in shape during the summer months. Today many householders are taking care of their own grounds because of the rise in gardeners' wages. They are becoming familiar with the technique of handling turf edgers, weed scrapers, rakes, spades and lawn mowers; Many of them have a fairly good idea of how the various jobs should be done, but they find it hard work. The chief reajson for this is that the professional groundskeeper or gardener keeps his tools in prime shape. He knows this makes his work easy. The amateur often tries to do the same work with dull or Im properly adjusted tools. Fifteen cents spent for an 8 inch, flat, medium-fine file, and 25 cents for a flat whetstone, will give any one the equipment needed to keep all garden tools in professional condition. The average person believes that a sharp ax Js a dangerous thing, but as a matter of fact it is far safer (See WOOD, Page B-2.) Civil Engineer JOHN G. AHLERS Solution of Construction Problems—within a budget Your project Is worthy of concentrate! professional study and attention. 2701 Ν St. N.W. 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