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Proposals heard for senior housing in Muncy

By Staff | Mar 3, 2016

WILLIAMSPORT – The Lycoming County commissioners heard proposals at their meeting last week from two contractors asking for letters of support for two different senior housing projects, one in Muncy, the other in South Williamsport.

These housing projects are requesting support from the county in the form of a support letter to be sent to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority, which will garner the 2016 Low-Income Housing Tax Credits needed to finance the project, according to Kim Wheeler, deputy director of planning.

Both projects will need to submit a grant application to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority by March 4 to receive the grant money. A letter of support from the county is crucial to receiving the grant, Wheeler said.

“Both projects are really worthy,” said Commissioner Rick Mirabito.

The Muncy Greene Project is a $13,518,000 project located on John Brady Drive near the Lycoming Mall Drive. It will create 60 units of independent senior rental housing for individuals 62 years and older, according to Wheeler.

The units will be one-level cottage-style apartments with attached garages and are reserved for individuals who earn 60 percent or less of the area median income. An additional six units also are reserved for individuals who earn 20 percent or less of the area median income, according to Wheeler.

Andy Cohen, of the Woda Group, the contractor on the project, is seeking $800,000 of grant money for the project, as well as an additional $50,000 to be allocated from the County’s Act 137, a fund raised by the county and administered by the Pennsylvania Financial Housing Authority to produce better housing throughout communities.

Marabito, while supportive of the project, expressed concern about allocating funds from Act 137 given the county’s current budget problems.

“Our budget is really not in good shape,” Mirabito said. “We need to find funds that can help in our general revenue budget.”

“Before we release the Act 137 funds we need to be responsible for a budget that is in a deficit mode,” Mirabito added.

Overall, the commissioners agreed that the projects should be supported by the county.

“Figure out how we can get both projects,” Commissioner Tony Mussare said. “We are an aging population here in Lycoming County and they need it.”

“It would be hard to support if it didn’t have long-lasting effect on our seniors,” Mussare said.