Fialho adds title of Housing Authority director to his City Manager title

New responsibilities come as new complex for seniors nears construction

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho has added a new title to his position with the city: Executive Director of the city's Housing Authority.

The added responsibilities were awarded Tuesday by the Housing Authority's board of directors, which is headed by Mayor Jerry Thorne as chairman and Vice Mayor Karla Brown as vice chair.

Fialho's new and additional responsibilities will be to serve as the Housing Authority's secretary and treasurer. He also becomes the "interface" with the the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) concerning Kottinger Place, which is a HUD-regulated affordable senior housing complex in Pleasanton.

This responsibility is critical as HUD relinquishes control over the aging Kottinger Place, located at 240 Kottinger Drive, which is scheduled to be razed in stages and replaced by a $62.8-million complex to be called Kottinger Gardens that will double the number of units available to Pleasanton's low-income seniors.

Fialho is succeeding longtime Housing Authority executive director Steven Bocian, assistant city manager, who is retiring later this month.

Once the new facility is completed. current tenants at Kottinger Place will have first choice of the 131 new apartment homes that will be in one-story cottages or in a two-to-three story building. The apartments will have far more kitchen, bathroom and closet space than these residents now have, with upgrades in electricity and plumbing, and perhaps most important for its elderly residents, air conditioning.

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