COCHRANTON — Construction on a more than $12 million apartment project for low-income senior citizens in Cochranton is expected next year after getting financing assistance from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency on Thursday.
Adams Place is one of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments across Pennsylvania awarded tax credits Thursday totaling $41.6 million.
There were 86 applications for the tax credits which are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The agency's board approved the credits Thursday.
Adams Place is a three-story, 39-unit apartment complex planned by Hudson Companies of Hermitage. It would be built on a 1.7-acre vacant site on North Franklin Street on the north side of the borough adjacent to the Cochranton Community Services Complex at 180 N. Franklin St.
The Cochranton Community Services Complex is a rehabilitation of the former W.L. Dunn Construction Co. building. A collaborative effort between the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County and Cochranton Area Revitalization Effort Inc., or CARE Inc., the complex was developed into medical offices, a pharmacy and a credit union office by the Economic Progress Alliance.
Construction on Adams Place is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 with occupancy in the spring or summer of 2021, according to a Hudson Companies spokeswoman.
"We're delighted," Cindy Phelps, president of CARE, told the Tribune on Thursday.
Cochranton Mayor Mark Roche, also a member of CARE, agreed.
"It's great to be able to realize a long-time goal of keeping our older citizens with a place to continue to live that's in the middle of town," Roche said.
It was in 2017 CARE and the Economic Progress Alliance connected with Hudson Companies through state Sen. Michele Brooks, whose district includes all of Crawford County. CARE had been trying to get an affordable senior housing development within the borough.
"We've worked so hard with everyone to get this; we're thankful this has been approved and going forward," Phelps said.
Jim Becker, executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance, called it great news for not only the Cochranton community but Crawford County as well.
"This facility fills a need identified several years ago by the CARE committee in Cochranton," Becker said in an email. "The Economic Progress Alliance is happy we could play a role in helping this project happen for the community."
Brooks said she appreciated the opportunity to work with the Cochranton community and all those involved in getting the project to become a reality.
"Like them, I have a passion for keeping our seniors in the community that they have called home for decades," Brooks said in a statement. "This wonderful project is innovative in its approach, featuring inter-generational projects, a canning kitchen, an outdoor pavilion, and a host of other amenities and activities that will truly enable our loved ones to enjoy their golden years to the fullest."
Adams Place will help meet the need for affordable senior housing in Crawford County, according to Brian Hudson, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's executive director and chief executive officer.
"This new development will be an asset for the communities surrounding Cochranton," Hudson said in a statement.
Adams Place will be for those age 62 and older who are at 60 percent or lower of the area median income, according to Kelley Coey, development coordinator.
The total project is estimated at $12.7 million with about an $8.5 million construction budget, she said.
The project's farm-to-table development concept was inspired from the community and its agricultural roots as farming and gardening plays a significant part of the residents' lifestyle, Coey said. Adams Place will include a sustainable "farming" kitchen connected to a greenhouse that connects to raised garden beds.
In addition, there will be a community room with kitchen, wrap-around porch with an exterior/interior fireplace connecting to the library and an innovation center to offer innovative health and wellness programs to its residents, Coey said. A multi-purpose activity room and a fitness center will reside on the second and third floors.
The independent apartments will include individual washers and dryers. A design focus of environmental-friendly and pet-friendly building features include a pet washing station, rainwater harvesting system, garden composting and energy-efficient controls that influence the ever-enhancing green technology, Coey said.
Adams Place, named for John Adams, one of the founders of Cochranton, will be Hudson Companies' second senior housing project in Crawford County and third in the region. In the spring of 2018, Evans Square, a 40-unit complex, opened in the borough of Conneaut Lake.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.