New Scottdale housing complex area filled to capacity
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 1:33 p.m.
After being open for just two months, all 32 units in the newest senior living housing complex in Scottdale have been filled to capacity.
Tenants must be 55 years old or older and at or below certain income guidelines.
The journey towards the completion of Scottdale Court along South Broadway in the borough has been a long one, but Kristen Zaccaria, executive director of Homes Build Hope said she is not surprised at the success it is already having.
“Based on the history of our other projects, we have a feeling when we come into a community what the interest and what the need is,” she said. “Most small municipalities are typically in need of new housing.”
From the time the project got underway a few years ago, Zaccaria said there was a great deal of interest.
“When we started interviewing, there were 138 on the wait list,” she said. “We had a ton of interest way back then, and when it started going up, the interest only grew. It's always a good feeling when people are excited in what you're doing.”
Homes Build Hope really tried to work with the community as well, to show their commitment to being a good neighbor from agreeing not to hide the Broadway view of the historic Loucks house behind their property to widening the turn lane on Walnut Street to help neighboring Brillhart's Hardware delivery trucks.
“At the ribbon cutting, I don't think anyone had a negative thing to say,” Zaccaria said. “This has been one of the best communities we've worked with as far as support. Hopefully, we delivered what we said we would.”
Andy Pinskey, former Scottdale Borough council president, was involved in the project from a council standpoint from the beginning.
“Whenever they came to talk to us about it, what sold me was the recycling aspect that they talked about,” he said.
That process is one where there are elderly citizens in Scottdale who may no longer be able to care for their property, but are having a hard time finding a smaller place with less upkeep.
“This allows them to have a place to live without leaving the community and then young people come in and buy those homes,” Pinskey said.
He added he was so pleased at how beautiful the property turned out to be.
“You see the design on paper and you know it's going to look nice, but seeing it now, it really is a beautiful building.”
Zaccaria said applications still are being accepted.
“Those people will be put onto a waiting list that's about 15 to 20 people deep right now,” she said.
Individuals can call the Greensburg office of Homes Build Hope to have an application mailed out to them or they can call the Scottdale Court office at 724-220-5767 to set up a time to come in and pick up an application.
For more information, individuals can look at the Scottdale Court facebook page.
“We are so thankful for all of the cooperation we received from the borough and we're appreciative for the $2.5 million from Westmoreland County Planning and development as well as the $6.8 million from our equity investor PNC Bank that funded the project,” Zaccaria said
Homes Build Hope will continue to maintain and manage the complex for the next 30 years, which is a requirement as part of the home funds from the county that were used.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
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