Affordable-housing project for elderly gets green light
SEQUIM -- The City Council has sent a loud-and-clear signal about its commitment to affordable housing for senior citizens.
And sometime soon, the Port Townsend City Council may be asked to do the same.
At its meeting last Monday, the seven-member Sequim council unanimously approved a zoning adjustment that clears the way for construction of a three-story, 118-unit apartment complex for residents age 55 and older on five acres just off Ninth Avenue and West Washington Street.
The project, with minor revisions, had been approved Dec. 7 by the city's Planning Commission.
``With a growing senior population, affordable housing of this type is both scarce and attractive,'' said city Planning Director Dennis K. Lefevre.
Monthly rents will range from $547 for a one-bedroom unit to $691 for a two-bedroom apartment in the complex, which will be financed through tax credits and bonds by the state Housing Finance Commission.
Plans call for 31 one-bedroom units and 87 two-bedroom apartments ranging from 540 to 742 square feet.
The Vintage is not an assisted-living facility but will have plenty
of senior-friendly amenities, said its developer, Charles Morgan of
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