High-rise repairs down the road: Joseph Floyd Manor waiting on insurance

The 10th floor of Joseph Floyd Manor is still patched after a wind storm peeled away some synthetic stucco.

Late one Friday afternoon in February 2010, a strong gust of wind peeled a chunk of siding off Joseph Floyd Manor, the brick high-rise seen from Interstate 26 just west of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge ramp.

The damage remains visible 16 months later and might not get repaired until next year.

There are several reasons why the project has taken so long, said Montez Martin, executive director of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, which owns the 12-story building.

First, the authority has not reached an agreement with the S.C. Insurance Reserve Fund over the insurance claim, though Martin said that could happen within the next six weeks.

Second, any repair is expected to cost more than $150,000, and even once the authority receives an insurance check, it isn't expected to have the rest of the money.

The chunk of synthetic stucco -- installed about 15 years ago -- peeled from the 10th floor but didn't injure anyone.

Martin said the authority might have to spread the cost of the repair over three fiscal years. Once the insurance is settled, it will get an architect to finalize a new design. Martin said the entire wall's skin will be replaced.

"When you think of the area that's visibly been damaged it is probably one-tenth of the total side," he said. "There is damage you can't see from the outside, and that's significant."

The building remains structurally sound, he said, and a patch is keeping water from entering the apartments, which are leased to qualified elderly residents.

Martin said he hopes the repair can begin this year and expects work to start at least by early 2012.

"Nothing would please me more than to drive down the interstate and not look at the black patch on the white stucco finish," he said.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.