Riverside Place is located on Main Street in the heart of Downtown Midland, with close proximity to many amenities such as Dow Diamond, local shopping and dining options, the Pere-Marquette Rail Trail, and Midland's Iconic Tridge.
Friday - August 14th, 2020
Hello Residents and Families,
It is good to have our family back home! The first week back has been smoother than anticipated. For this we are grateful. We wish to thank those residents and family members that are truly taking the 14 days to remain apart as much as possible so that we can do our best to keep COVID-19 at bay in our community. Residents have missed each other so much! Wearing masks is so appreciated as well when residents are getting mail or coming to the office.
We are doing a lot of work orders for plumbing issues (not a surprise), many TV issues (some we can help with and others SPECTRUM has to be called), a few AC issues and lighting issues in the apartments. We are getting to those as quickly as we can with only two full time maintenance staff at this time. Wendy and Brandon are doing an amazing job juggling these little hiccups as well as getting into vacant apartments to get them ready for new move-ins. As you know, we have apartments that we need to fill so that we can get back to the occupancy needed to support our day-to-day operations at Riverside Place. We are going to be interviewing maintenance candidates next week and are hopeful that we can fill all three part time maintenance positions that are open. For now, please know that non-urgent work orders such as carpet cleanings and picture hangings will not happen quickly. We are doing our best to triage work order requests along with sanitizing and cleaning the building several times per day, doing apartment renovations, working with vendors, outdoor work and more.
Sodexo has been doing a beautiful job with meals this first week. There were some mistakes made as they didn’t have the meal tickets like normal for the first week, but we are doing our best to make it right with each resident. Sodexo makes the food in the mobile kitchen, takes it to the 2nd floor lounge for set up and putting into the delivery containers and they deliver from the 4th floor down. It has been taking less than 1.5 hours to get all food delivered. Amazing!
Tenant Council continued working during the resident’s time away to provide a welcome bag with treats for the residents and were instrumental in helping the return home go smoothly!
Residents received 2 free laundry tokens compliments of Tenant Council for the washers and dryers. Laundry rooms opened Thursday morning at 9:00 AM. Residents can return old tokens for a credit and purchase new tokens in the front office.
Nurses Note: Lab work (at Riverside Place) is beginning again next Thursday, August 20th! If you or your family member needs lab work, please get the lab orders to Michel and Jamie in the nurse’s office ASAP. This is a great service provided to our residents!
We have hired only one co-op for the next school year. She will begin on Monday and her first name is Rachel. Office staff will be working on the many move-outs, settlement statements and new move-ins in the next upcoming month. Staff have had to improvise where needed for the first month back and there will certainly be hiccups until we can get a few months of normalcy under our belts, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! J
As far as lower level updates: The official assessment that FEMA requires is underway with architects, engineers, kitchen specialists and more. This is being handled primarily by City Hall procurement staff. They are keeping me informed along the way. Once the official assessment is completed according to FEMA standards, the City of Midland will look to hire a project manager for the job. Once that person is hired, they will have to follow FEMA procedures to get specifications written and then get the job posted for open-competitive bid to restore our lower level. This will take longer than any of us wish, but if it means funding to help pay for the restorations, then that is the wise thing to do since we are a non-profit organization that does not use tax-payer funding or get any type of subsidy for taking lower rents. The goal is to maintain our ability to offer safe, comfortable and affordable housing! I will update as I know more, but there will not be much to report between each phase until we get closer to the actual work starting to be completed. Most of it is behind the scenes right now.
We truly appreciate you! It’s so good to see everyone!
- 9-foot ceilings
- Carpeting and window treatments
- Emergency Call System and smoke detectors with sprinkler system
- Grab bars in bathroom
- Individually controlled thermostats
- Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and garbage disposal
- Phone jacks in bedrooms and living room
- Tub or walk-in shower
- 24-hour emergency maintenance
- Controlled building access
- Reserved parking space for residents with cars
- Social, educational, devotional, and recreational programs
- Storage locker for each apartment
- Utility allowance including Expanded Basic Cablevision
- Additional meals
- Beauty / Barber Salon
- Care available on a "Users Fee" basis from our health care contractor
- Chore services
- Covered parking
- Gift Shop
- Health monitoring services provided by an RN
- Scheduled health and exercise programs
- Smoke-free facility
- Special events and outings
- Token operated laundry facilities
- Variety of planned activities
City of Midland Services
- Dial-A-Ride, a demand-response bus system provided through the City of Midland, is available daily to take residents anywhere within the city limits for a nominal rider fee.
- In addition, the Midland County Senior Services provides a door-to-door courtesy car which is available for a small fee to take residents to appointments. Reservations should be made ahead of time.