Con­struc­tion ad­vances for se­niors’ hous­ing in St. An­thony

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS THE NORTH­ERN PEN

New af­ford­able hous­ing is ex­pected to open up for St. An­thony and area se­niors later this year.

Ac­cord­ing to St. An­thony Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald, con­struc­tion is pro­ceed­ing as planned on 10 two-bed­room units for the St. An­thony Non­Profit Se­niors Hous­ing Com­plex.

“Ev­ery­thing seems to be on sched­ule,” he told The North­ern Pen. “Like any project we’ve had is­sues we’d had to deal with, we’ve dealt with them and we’ve moved for­ward.”

He ex­pects the fa­cil­ity to be com­pleted and ready to open by the fall of 2018.

The town of St. An­thony had long iden­ti­fied a need for more af­ford­able se­niors’ hous­ing in the com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing area.

Af­ter seek­ing and fail­ing to at­tain pri­vate in­vest­ment, the town coun­cil de­cided to un­der­take the project it­self.

It ap­plied for fund­ing in 2017 and the town re­ceived $1.25 mil­lion from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to con­struct the units lo­cated on Oller­head Drive.

The fund­ing was al­lo­cated as part of in­vest­ments in non-profit sec­tor af­ford­able se­niors’ hous­ing projects.

The town es­tab­lished the St. An­thony Non-Profit Se­niors Hous­ing Com­plex com­mit­tee and con­struc­tion started in June of this year.

McDon­ald ex­pects the ap­pli­ca­tion process to open this month and be­lieves there will be a high de­mand.

It will be open to se­niors in St. An­thony and area.

The com­mit­tee will have a cri­te­ria to de­ter­mine who will be el­i­gi­ble to oc­cupy the homes.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be avail­able to fill out at the town hall and on­line on the town’s web­site and Face­book page.

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