By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — This year saw more housing in Clinton with the creation of two projects: the Village Cooperative and West Heights Townhomes.
The creation of the Village Cooperative addresses housing needs for area seniors. The $5 million project was designed to offer a maintenance-free and friendly atmosphere for seniors within a three-story building housing 44 homes. The single-level homes range from 879 to 1,475 square feet.
With an official groundbreaking for the Village Cooperative occurring in March 2012, the building project was well under way in January. Representatives from the project expected to it complete by March. However, delays pushed the opening to late April.
A laundry room, storage area and a private balcony or patio are included in each home. Other standard features include reading areas, a community room, club room, woodworking shop, guest suite, garden plots and underground heated parking with a carwash bay. By the beginning of April, 38 of the 44 units were sold.
The Village Cooperative also offered local job opportunites. A residential service coordinator, maintenance technician and housekeeper were needed for the building.
A low-income housing complex construction project also was completed at the end of the year, offering affordable housing to members of the community.
In early January, the West Heights Townhomes complex was slightly behind the original schedule, but slated to be built on the north side of Clinton at the corner of 11th Street Northwest and 14th Avenue Northwest. The Iowa Finance Authority Board awarded a federal tax credit, totaling more than $6 million over 10 years, and a HOME loan of $390,000 to fund the Community Housing Initiatives project.
CHI also operates the Van Allen Building Apartments, the Clinton Block Apartments and the Armstrong Apartments in Clinton. CHI Housing representative Matt Miller said previously that Clinton citizens needed affordable housing opportunities. The income restriction for a low-income family of four is $35,280.
The housing complex features 30 units and a mixture of three and four-bedroom apartments. CHI has agreed to rent at least eight units to individuals with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. Rent will be $545 to $600, including water, sewer and garbage.
Each apartment is handicap accessible with large bathrooms. The units also feature a kitchen area, living room, a built-in washer and dryer and a lot of storage space.
CHI held an open house for the complex Dec. 17 that was well-attended. More than 50 people visited the apartments within the first 30 minutes of the event.
Applications for the apartments are available. People are expected to move in by the beginning of January.