A total of 51 new affordable homes – apartments and townhouses – are set to begin construction on land adjacent to the Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center in West Chester. The $14.6 million project is a partnership between Church Housing Corp., the Melton Center, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the NRP Group and finance partners. Chester County has provided $850,000 in funding through the HOME Investment Partnerships program from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
To mark the occasion, Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline joined Lisa Dorsey, Board Chair of the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center and Kathryn Evans, Executive Director of Church Housing Corp. to mark the start of construction.
In addition to support for the Melton Center affordable housing project, Chester County is moving forward with more than $5.6 million in community development activities slated for 2021, including four new affordable housing developments at a critical time for families in need.
Plans for new affordable housing developments include:
- $920,000 in funding for the Delaware Valley Development Company, to construct 61 affordable rental units for individuals in a new 62+ community called Red Clay Manor in Kennett Square Borough.
- $800,000 in funding for Church Housing Corporation, to construct 50 affordable general occupancy rental units at a new community called Kimber Village just outside Phoenixville in East Pikeland Township.
- $1 million in funding for The Hankin Group, to construct 50 affordable rental units for individuals in a new 62+ community called Phoenixville Senior Housing in the Borough of Phoenixville.
- $1.2 million in funding for Ingerman Group, to construct 60 affordable general occupancy rental units in a new community called Willows at Valley Run on Business Route 30 in Caln Township.