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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Three elderly low-income Ocala residents moving one step closer to getting home repairs

The City of Ocala is moving one step closer to approving home rehabilitation and repairs for three low-income-qualified elderly residents.

The city provides housing rehabilitation assistance to low-income homeowners under the Consolidated Plan. This plan was approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and includes owner-occupied housing for income-qualified applicants.

During evaluations of multiple residences, issues were discovered that include roof leaks, ceiling damage, flooring damage, main electrical service damage and deterioration, plumbing issues, and a need for HVAC replacement (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).

The three residences are located on NW 12th Avenue, NW 26th Avenue, and NE 12th Avenue in Ocala.

The city posted separate solicitations for companies to bid for the contract to handle the rehabilitation and repairs of each home.

In total, six bids were received, and the lowest bid for all three residences was submitted by Bruce Wayne Wiley, LLC in Silver Springs.

Bruce Wayne Wiley submitted a nearly $78,000 bid for the residence on NW 12th Avenue, a nearly $68,000 bid for the NW 26th Avenue residence, and a nearly $75,000 bid for the residence on NE 12th Avenue.

The Ocala City Council will vote on whether to approve the contracts with Bruce Wayne Wiley during its regular meeting being held today, December 7 at 5 p.m.

The council members meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Ocala City Hall, which is located at 110 SE Watula Avenue in downtown Ocala.