WEYMOUTH — Two developers have applied to potentially partner with the Weymouth Housing Authority to rebuild or renovate the aging public housing development Lakeview Manor.

Jane Kudcey, housing coordinator for the Weymouth planning and community development department, said two groups responded to the authority's request for proposals to redevelop the town's largest public housing development. The first application came from WinnDevelopment in collaboration with Neighborworks Housing Solutions and Arch Communities LLC, and the second came from Joseph J. Corcoran and John M. Corcoran Companies.

Kudcey said Weymouth Housing Authority Director Michael Flaherty, two members of the housing authority and several staff members from the town's planning department, interviewed the developers on Tuesday. They will score the applications and decide which one to pursue an agreement with.

Kudcey said the state Department of Housing and Community Development is allocating $25 million for communities and housing authorities who propose innovative ways to fund rehabilitation and redevelopment public housing projects. She said the department could provide $150,000 for the planning phase and some money for construction. The deadline to apply is May 15.

"That deadline is approaching, so we will make the decision as soon as possible," she said.

Lakeview Manor is owned by the housing authority, and the state provides money for repairs at the complex, which was built in the 1950s. Town officials say the 189 townhouse-style units are in dire need of a complete overhaul.

The housing authority is looking for a private developer that would pay for the project in exchange for some kind of financial incentive, such as tax credits or the addition of market-rate units.

Charlie Baker has nominated the census tract that includes Lakeview Manor for federal designation as a "opportunity zone." Created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the program provides federal tax incentives for private investors to use unrealized capital gains  from stocks and mutual funds to spur growth in low-income areas.

Commissioners and Weymouth Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Flaherty have expressed concerns that bringing in a private management company could take away much-needed funding from the agency as well as several maintenance and administrative positions.

Kudcey said the town included in the request for qualifications that staff would be retained and families would be provided temporary housing during construction.

The housing authority could opt to not work with either development group if their responses to the request for proposals do not meet members' expectations, or if members choose not to pursue a redevelopment partnership.

Jessica Trufant can be reached by email: jtrufant@patriotledger.com