Sen. Blake, Rep. Carroll Break Ground on $11.3 Million Senior Housing Complex in Moscow

MOSCOW, June 9, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and state Rep. Mike Carroll today joined a group of local officials and business leaders to break ground on the $11.3 million Academy II Senior Housing project in Moscow.

The Academy II Senior Housing complex will feature 48 units and will be adjacent to two market-rate developments, the renovated Academy Street School and Academy Gardens, to form a mixed-income, multi-generational campus in downtown Moscow.

“As our citizens advance in years they need to consider the transition from high maintenance and costly residential living to high-quality, affordable senior living alternatives in our communities,” Blake said. “This is an exciting project for the entire Moscow community that will offer our seniors the comfort and the peace of mind they deserve. I know that residents at Academy Street will enjoy these new apartments and the project we break ground on today will add significant value to the downtown community and business district.”

The Academy II Senior Housing complex received significant assistance through the Pennsylvania Finance Agency. Last summer, the project was awarded $1.07 million in annual tax credits for 10 years and a $970,000 loan through the PennHOMES Program. The PennHOMES loan has a zero percent interest rate, a 30-year term, and repayment is made from excess cash flow as determined annually by the Agency. Blake indicated that the Tax Credit Investor, CAHEC from Raleigh, NC, invested $10.3 million dollars for the tax credit. The project was also awarded a $50,000 loan through Lackawanna County’s ACT 137 funds.

“Moscow is a wonderful place to live and this project will allow many North Pocono residents to continue to remain in the community they proudly call home,” Carroll noted. “Future residents of this project will be the beneficiary of living in close proximity to a vibrant Main Street, in a safe neighborhood and in a borough with outstanding community leaders.

The development will consist of 44 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom units; including 6 fully accessible units, all of which are equipped for the audio-visually impaired. Three of the accessible units will have rents affordable to households at or below 20% Area Median Income (AMI), 22 units will be affordable to households at 50% AMI and 23 units will be affordable to households at 60% AMI.

The complex will also feature a 1,091 sq. ft. Community Room with a kitchenette, outdoor patio, management/supportive services offices, fitness center and game room. Academy II will be connected by a nature trail to one of the borough’s prized outdoor attractions, Golden Park.

Through United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern PA, the supportive services program will include a wide variety of planned activities which will support and stabilize older adults as they transition through the next stages of their lives.

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Sen. Blake, AG-elect Shapiro to Host Discussion on Senior Issues Tomorrow in Scranton

SCRANTON December 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro today announced that they will host a community forum on senior citizen abuse and the dangers of financial scams in Scranton.

The roundtable discussion will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Neighborhood Centers West Side Active Older Adults Community Center located at 1004 Jackson Street in Scranton.

“Our seniors worked their entire lives to have the ability to comfortably enjoy their retirement and their grandchildren and we must do our best as policymakers to protect them from financial scams and physical abuse,” Senator Blake said. “I thank Attorney General-elect Shapiro for prioritizing senior issues and for bringing this important forum to Scranton.”

The forum is part of a community-driven transition effort spearheaded by Shapiro called “Setting the People’s Priorities.” Attorney General-elect Shapiro is visiting cities and towns across the Commonwealth to hear the public’s concerns as he prepares to be sworn-in on January 17, 2017.

“To be the People’s Attorney General you need to listen and know what’s happening outside the halls of government, and that’s how I intend to do the job,” said Attorney General-Elect Josh Shapiro. “We’re continuing this new approach to a transition process to put the people’s priorities first, like the senior citizen I met in South Scranton earlier this year, worried about financial scams. With these forums, I’m hearing the public’s concerns directly from Pennsylvanians just like I’ve been doing all year.”

Other scheduled participants in the roundtable discussion include Laurie Fleming, West Side Senior Center Manger; Alex Hazzouri, President/CEO, The Advocacy Alliance; Jason Kavulich, Director, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging; Nancy Barrasse, Solicitor, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging; and local senior citizens Grace Zanghi and Charles Porter.

Media coverage is welcome and encouraged.

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