Senior citizens to get new housing
By Annette C. Silva
By the end of November a new Delmar subdivision designed to serve the elderly in Delmar Crossing will be completed. "By the end of the year, we expect most of the apartments in Villas II will be occupied," said John Gorlich of Leon N. Weiner Associates Inc., the development company in Wilmington that built them.
The 24 housing units (18 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom apartments) for seniors 62 and older are configured in a semi-circle at the far end of 12th Street behind the Food Lion Shopping Center. The new apartments stand approximately 50 yards from Villa I (a five-year-old well-landscaped community grouping of 80 two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses built in 1995 by Weiner Associates).
The new apartments will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis from a list of 41 applicants, said property manager Deedra Robinson. "The rents are set on a sliding scale according to what people can afford," Robinson said. The scale for the one-bedroom apartments varies from $195 to $325 per month, and the two-bedroom apartments range from $235 to $375 per month.
Because of a federal tax credit program, Gorlich said his company has been able to build affordable housing communities such as Delmar Crossing throughout the area, including projects in Milford, Del., and Easton, Md. Town manager Roberta Glenn said due to Delmar's aging population, "There is a need for additional housing for elderly people who can no longer care for their homes."
"The elderly residents of these apartments get a good deal for their money," said Chris Whaley, senior property manager for Arbor Management LLC, a company created through a joint venture of Weiner Associates and Conover Investments of New England. Whaley said the rental fees are determined, depending on where they are located, by the Delaware or Maryland state housing authorities in conjunction with the developers, but Arbor takes care of marketing the properties, seeking qualified applicants, handling leases and contracts and setting housing rules.
"We have a similar set-up in Milford with 60 units for the elderly," said Whaley. "The residents have all the conveniences, a community room for activities and they are located within walking distance of a grocery store, pharmacy and other shops." At Villas I, the landscaping nearly eclipses the view of a major shopping center and highway in the backyard.