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Housing authority discusses future of tornado-pummeled complex in Jefferson City

The Jefferson City Housing Authority held its monthly meeting Tuesday morning with tornado recovery filling most of the agenda.

Capital City Apartments, significantly damaged in the May 23 tornado, is a low-income housing complex on East Elm Street operated by the authority.

Cynthia Quetsch, the authority’s executive director, said five of the 44 units in the complex are uninhabitable and four others are in need of window repair to allow safe escape in the event of a fire.

“They have torn it down to the studs, and they’re waiting for inspectors to come in and see if the studs are still sound and if they’re sound, they’re just going to rebuild back up again,” Quetsch said of the five destroyed units.

Families displaced by the storm were moved into other low-income units in other parts of the city.

When repair work is complete at Capital City Apartments, Quetsch said those residents will have the option to move back into the complex or remain in their new residence.

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