Plans for affordable senior housing back on track

FLINT TWP. — A project plan approved by the township board last year for a local agency to build two senior citizen group homes hit a development snag requiring that it be submitted for approval again.

Family Service Agency of Mid- Michigan wants to build two lowincome senior citizen apartment houses under the HOME Investment Partnership Program, funded by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.

FSA proposes to build the multi-family units on Eberly Drive and Nedra Street in the township. Both sites were to be acquired through the Genesee County Land Bank and called for razing of existing structures as part of the project.

A letter of explanation from Charles Tommasulo, FSA executive director, said development was delayed because the Genesee County Land Bank was unable to clear the identified properties “in a timely manner.”

Meantime, FSA’s funding application with the Genesee County Planning Commission expired in August and required a reapplication along with a renewal of support from the township board.

The HOME program is administered by county Metropolitan Planning Commission.

“He wants to continue their project,’’ said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, presenting the request for reapproval to the board. It was unanimously approved.

Tommasulo said project plans remain unchanged from those presented last year.

FSA is proposing to build approximately a 2,300 square-foot building on each property that would each contain three 484-square-foot apartments, as well as a common day room, hallways, mechanical room and ramp. Each are estimated to cost about $322,000 bringing total estimated project costs to $644,000.

“We are looking to build affordable, accessible houses,’’ Tommasulo said in his presentation to the board last year. “ This is a pilot project for us. If this goes well, we want to do more scattered site houses.

Each apartment is designed for independent living and would have a 13 by 13-foot bedroom, a kitchenette, bathroom and living room, he said.

FSA’s chose the property sites from the township’s Neighborhood Stabilization Project list that were scheduled to be demolished. Their acquisition saves the township demolition costs.

Tommasulo said they hope to begin construction on the units in March 2013 and have them ready for occupancy by next October.

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