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Construction Begins on Westmoreland County’s Newest Senior Housing Complex


Construction has finally begun on the highly anticipated Odin View, a four-story, 47-unit senior housing complex located on South Greengate Road in Hempfield Township.

Westmoreland County Housing Authority’s (WCHA) newest venture to provide affordable living to the county’s seniors is not expected to be completed until the late summer of 2020, however, interest in the apartments has been overwhelming.

 “This project has generated a great deal of excitement for seniors age 62 and above,” said WCHA Executive Director Michael L. Washowich. “We are thrilled to begin construction and work toward a grand opening in either July or August 2020.”

Washowich explained that applications are not currently being accepted for potential tenants. A public announcement will be made next year.

Set on a five-acre parcel of property adjacent to the authority’s acclaimed South Greengate Commons senior apartment building that opened in 2013, Washowich said the completion of Odin View is the next crucial component of WCHA’s vision for its South Greengate campus.

Odin View has been carefully designed to integrate with the authority’s administrative office and South Greengate Commons, creating a unique sense of place and community. Once completed, WCHA’s campus will have experienced approximately $30 million in development and rehabilitation efforts in the past five years.

“The location provides convenient access to community amenities as it is near the Route 30 corridor. The Odin View site will include public transportation, easy access to health and retail stores, home health agencies and medical facilities,” he explained. “Odin View will offer a complete menu of supportive services tailored to meet the specific needs of the residents.”

The apartment mix includes 43 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. All common spaces will be fully accessible.

The first-floor community room, located directly opposite from the front entrance, opens to a sheltered terrace at the rear of the building. The community room includes a common kitchen to encourage dinners and other gatherings.

Each apartment entrance will be marked by a small display shelf giving residents an opportunity to personalize the entrance to their home. Apartment floor finishes will include durable and attractive wood-look luxury vinyl tile in the living room and kitchen, carpet in the bedrooms and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Baseboards and door casings will be painted wood.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets will be naturally finished oak or maple with plastic laminate counters. The kitchens are configured to include a peninsula bar counter open to the living room. Kitchen appliances will include a full-size refrigerator/freezer, electric range and vented range hood.

As part of the master plan, a walking path will surround the Odin View building connecting to workout stations located on the larger campus. With a fixed bus stop adjacent to the site, Odin View includes easy access to health and retail stores, home health agencies and hospitals due to its close proximity to the Route 30 corridor.

Meanwhile, WCHA has established strong partnerships with American Healthcare Group (AHG), Senior LIFE, Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging, Seton Hill University, among others. Through these partnerships, residents will receive healthcare, nutrition, transportation, fitness, financial and education services on site.

Odin View addresses a critical affordable housing need for seniors in an underserved area. As an example, the current waiting list for South Greengate Commons is more than 150 people.

Washowich said, “WCHA’s senior campus, consisting of Odin View Apartments and South Greengate Commons, will serve as the home for county seniors for years to come.”

The authority operates in 38 communities with more than 1,800 public housing units available to rent.

For more information, visit www.wchaonline.com



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