On April 24, 2024, local and county leaders, Char House residents, project partners and RACW staff members gathered for the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Char House Highrise. Built in 1979, Char House was erected at the site of the former Charleroi Ninth Street School.

The $4.5 million renovation project was paid for through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan. The renovations began in February 2023 with the intent to create a modern, more accessible space for residents. The project involved upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing, common area flooring and paint, the community room kitchen, public restrooms, all apartments, the parking lot, exterior doors and ADA accessibility. Staff coordinated the upgrades so that the 104 residents did not have to leave their apartments.

During the ceremony, long-time Char House residents Anna Raymond (28 years), Bill Downer (24 years), Millie Allfree (27 years), June Wood (20 years) and Mary Hasch (25 years) were presented with a commemorative certificate and flowers.

The project was awarded to MacBracey Corporation as the general contractor who worked with nine local subcontractors. Architect David Voss from RSH Architects oversaw the project with the assistance of RACW staff – Char House Building Superintendents Randy Tunney and Ralph Stasko, Char House Property Manager Jen Catalfamo, Housing Facilities Coordinator Tammy Mayton and Senior Housing Director Janelle Yamber.

RACW is grateful for the hard work, cooperation, and countless hours that staff members, consultants, contractors and partners put into turning this project into a reality!

Char House is one of nine elderly housing facilities managed by RACW. For more information about the facilities, please click here.