Tifton Gazette


April 22, 2014

Senior community looks to expand

TIFTON — The senior community West Haven Senior Village is looking to expand. Joseph Carter with West Haven, along with Mandy Young with Affordable Equity Partners, did a brief presentation on the senior village at a recent City Council meeting.

Carter informed the council members that West Haven has 40 units that are income based for senior housing. He said he had the pleasure to work with Affordable Equity Partners about four years ago and help them on the project.

"It's really been a great success," he said. He said their occupancy is 100 percent and they have a waiting list. The residents have a garden that they take care of and a walking track.

"It's extremely well kept," Carter said.

He said they want to expand and double the size of the property. They're looking to have the property annexed into the city and addition to that, they would like for it to be included in the city's Urban Redevelopment Plan. He said those two things will put them in a position with the Department of Community Affairs to be able to expand.

Young further explained that this would be a tax credit development project — no government handout and no government subsidy. She noted all of the tenants pay rent, taxes and city utilities. She said by being annexed into the city and included in the city's Urban Redevelopment Plan, this would lend them to additional points and put them in a better position to possibly get funded.

Young noted they want to resubmit the application for the phase two project with hopes of getting funded. She said it would be about a $8 million investment in the community. She said they look forward to working with the city.

City Manager Larry Riner told the council that there was no action that they could take at that time. He said several steps have to be taken to go through the process. City attorney Rob Wilmot said he would like to get with Carter to make sure they can fit within the guidelines to make the senior village an urban redevelopment area. They would have to do a public hearing also.

Bert Crowe, director of the environmental management department, noted the earliest the council could vote on this matter would be the June 1 meeting. It was suggested that the topic be placed on the next workshop's agenda, which is scheduled for this Thursday.

According to their website, West Haven Senior Village, located on E.B. Hamilton Drive, is a new apartment complex that opened in 2011. They are specifically designed for independent seniors over 55 years of age. Their spacious, two-bedroom homes are energy efficient, offer a fully-equipped kitchen and have washer/dryer hook-ups. The complex offers a community room, resident activities, is close to shopping and offers rental assistance programs.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.


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