Century Plaza Apartments expanding

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At 19, Century Plaza Apartments is on the verge of a long-awaited growth spurt.

Ground was broken Wednesday afternoon for expansion of the facility for those 62 and older on limited incomes. Fourteen apartments will be added to the 65-unit complex at 1880 W. Chestnut St. in North Franklin Township.

Washington County Redevelopment Authority is overseeing the $2.3 million project, which is scheduled to be completed in June.

Funding comes from two programs – HOME Investment Partnerships and Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement – that the Redevelopment Authority administers through the county commissioners. PHARE funds are provided by impact fees from the Marcellus Shale industry.

This is a much-needed expansion at a facility with a long and longtime waiting list. The complex opened Sept. 1, 1994, was fully occupied three months later, and has had no vacancies in the 19 years since.

“It’s a good decision to continue making more affordable housing for the elderly, especially in the center of the county,” said Bill McGowen, executive director of the redevelopment authority.

He added that expansion of the complex will enhance the tax rolls of North Franklin, Trinity Area School District and the county.

McGowen praised North Franklin for helping to forge “a good partnership (with the redevelopment authority) in getting permits.”

Century Plaza Apartments morphed out of the former Century Plaza Motel. The redevelopment authority purchased the dilapidated 100-unit motel in 1993 and remodeled it.

Each new unit will have one bedroom, a living/dining room, a bathroom and a kitchen with an electric range and a refigerator; heat and air conditioning; smoke detectors, sprinklers and an intercom system.

A two-story corridor will link the addition to the existing building to afford everyone access to the TV room, community room and support services.

Residents must be 62 or older and have income limits of $27,360 for one person or $31,260 for two. To apply for residency, call the site office manager at 724-223-8288.

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