It may be the beginning of winter, but a new residential area called Appleway Court is blooming on a patch of land on Farr Road in Spokane Valley.
The 38-unit complex broke ground this spring and is now accepting applications from low-income seniors with the first move-ins expected by February, according to Project Manager Chris Venne of Community Frameworks, a Spokane-based nonprofit organization that has been helping area residents find affordable housing throughout the Inland Northwest for over 30 years. Venne said the three-story complex was 82-percent complete Nov. 1.
|Located at 221 S. Farr Road in Spokane Valley, Appleway Court will provide affordable housing for low-income seniors. The project, which broke ground this spring, is a collaboration between Community Frameworks and Rockwood Retirement Communities.
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Community Frameworks is collaborating with Rockwood
Retirement Communities on the project under the umbrella of the Housing and Urban Development 202 program. Each apartment includes a rental subsidy, similar to the benefits offered under HUD’s Section 8 assistance. Seniors earning 50 percent or less of the area’s median income pay 30 percent of their monthly revenue for rent.
“Someone earning $600 a month is going to pay $180 a month to live here,” Venne said.
Venne said Rockwood – which stepped up as owner of the complex – “has been great to work with.” It is the company’s first venture into affordable housing after running two successful assisted living centers, Rockwood at Hawthorne and Rockwood South Hill, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“They were really the impetus for this project and the key to carrying it forward,” Venne said.
In addition to HUD, Appleway Court has drawn financial support from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Spokane County’s H.O.M.E. program and the low income housing tax credit.
As of last week, Kiemle Hagood, the Appleway Court leasing company, had received 24 requests for rental applications. Rockwood has reported 11 completed applications being turned in to this point.
Appleway Court marks the latest Community Frameworks contribution to the Spokane Valley residential market. A few miles to the south, a 72-unit complex called Dishman Commons has brought character to a once-overlooked neighborhood. Further east on Appleway, an affordable townhouse development called Valley Pointe broke ground last year. Community Frameworks also offers home ownership programs and home loan education.
Each one-bedroom apartment at Appleway Court is 540 square feet and features comfortable amenities. The complex will include an exercise room, computer area and community space while each floor will have a laundry room. Venne said each unit can be easily retrofitted to meet the needs of residents as well as to adhere to requirements included in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The facility also includes a number of smart energy features such as 45 solar panels, central exhaust and high efficiency insulation.
A program called Neighborhood Networks will be integrated at the site, providing computer training and other support systems to residents. A service coordinator will be part of the terrain at Appleway Court, providing information on Medicare and other resources.
Meanwhile, Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels will launch a senior lunch program at Appleway Court, adding to a list of communal meal sites already in place at the Spokane Valley Senior Center, Opportunity Presbyterian Church, Liberty Lake City Hall and Millwood Presbyterian Church. Both Appleway residents and seniors from the surrounding area will be welcome for the weekday lunches.
Alan Curryer, president and CEO of Rockwood Retirement Communities, said the alliance between Meals on Wheels and Appleway Court is just one example of the project working “for the betterment of residents and the surrounding community.”
Zeck Butler is serving as architect of the complex, listed with a pricetag of $6.7 million. There is also a blueprint in place for a second phase of the project on adjoining land – featuring another 32 apartments.
Community Frameworks scouted out a number of prospective sites – including acreage in north Spokane and along the Palouse Highway – before deciding on the Spokane Valley location. Appleway Court is within walking distance of grocery stores like WinCo Foods and Rosauers as well as a Spokane Transit Authority transfer station at University and Appleway.
“It’s about the value of seniors aging in place,” Curryer said.
Want to find out more?
To learn more about Appleway Court or other affordable housing options provided by Community Frameworks, call 484-6733 or visit www.communityframeworks.org.