Williston Economic Development
by Barb Peterson
A new affordable housing project for seniors is seeking tenants. The Lutheran Social Services Legacy at Central Place still has a number of units available. The 44 unit complex is located in the former Williston
Junior High building near Downtown Williston. Renovations are expected to wrap up in late January and new tenants will begin moving into the rehabilitated facility in late January/early February and continue through
spring. “We have plenty of one and two bedroom units remaining and we are currently seeking applications,” said Lisa Richmond, Partnerships and Outreach for Lutheran Social Services Housing.
The qualification requirements for potential tenants differ from the more familiar federal HUD rental assistance programs. Legacy at Central Place utilized the lesser known federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.
“It can be difficultfor people to determine if they are going to qualify on their own,” she said. “We will help them through the application process.”
To qualify potential residents must be a minimum of 55 years old and meet the income limits. Nine one bedroom units will be designated at a rate of $330 to qualifying households making no more than $14,220 per year or two person households with a gross income of no more than $16,260 annually. The remainder of the units will have more liberal income limits. One bedroom units will be available at $653 for one person households making no more than $28,440 per year and two person households with a gross income of at no more than $32,520 annually. Two bedroom units will be available for $783 with the same income limits.
“The nice thing about this project is renters won’t have to worry about rent jumping like they often do in market rate rentals,” said Richmond. Besides being affordable the apartments will also be equally attractive.
“I think it is going to be a gorgeous place to live. The apartments are loft like with high ceilings, beautiful new windows which provide a lot of light, and they have a hip, modern feel while still being historic,” said Richmond. The focal point of the building will be the former gymnasium which has been converted to Dining/Special Event Room which will be available to tenants free of charge and the public for a modest fee.
Just as impressive as the Dining/Special Event Room will be the second floor Mezzanine Lounge exclusively for tenants.
“This room overlooks the former gymnasium and is a place to gather for coffee, conversation, card games and television. It is located adjacent to a Laundry Room,” said Richmond.
Throughout the facility will be 10 large -scale pieces of artwork with themes based on North Dakota animals and landscapes. Lutheran Social Services commissioned North Dakota artist Rando for the original artwork.
Once fully operational, the Dining/Special Event Room will become a new site for Williston’s senior noontime meal program.
The meals will be offered in exchange for a free will offering. People younger than 60 years old can typically purchase the meal for a reasonable price. For more details about Legacy at Central Place contact Richmond at 701-271-3207