By Rusty Bradshaw
What was expected to be a 10-year project could be completed in less than two.
The Sun City Residents Action Program began painting common exterior walls in May 2017 in what was planned to be a $250,000 project stretched over 10 years. But with the financial and volunteer help from the community, the project could be completed much sooner and for less, according to Lloyd Maple, SCRAP board president.
“We estimate we need about $60,000 more to finish the walls and we hope to be done by the end of the year,” he said in an April 3 presentation to the Sun City Posse.
SCRAP officials already spent $130,000 on the project. Most of the funding came from the Sun City Home Owners Association, but 236 individuals contributed various amounts to the campaign, Mr. Maple said.
SCRAP officials determined there were up to 40 miles of common exterior walls in Sun City and 17 miles were in need of cleaning and/or painting. The group engaged a contractor who power washes targeted walls and applies a sealant designed to help the paint take a firm hold on the block and decorative brick walls. The contractor, along with help from volunteers, paints the walls.
Mr. Maple said all walls are painted the same color for uniformity, and any inserts are painted a different color.Work began on a wall adjacent to 99th Avenue north of Union Hills Drive. Photos of the work were published and SCRAP made a call for financial donations, which came in slowly at first.
“That wall was in need of repair, but we painted it without repairing it,” Mr. Maple said.
Some walls are unpainted — with just the natural brick color — and SCRAP members decided to leave them unpainted.“That’s because we did not want to be doing them all the time,” Mr. Maple explained.
Paint applied to walls is expected to last up to 12 years before they need to be repainted.
“We have finished just more than 10 miles of walls in a little less than one year,” Mr. Maple said.