County Commissioners Approve $1.77 Million for Affordable Housing in West Chester, Kennett Square

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The Chester County Commissioners have approved two contracts that award more than $1.7 million in funds to support two affordable housing projects.

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline have approved two contracts that award more than $1.7 million in funds to support two affordable housing projects in Chester County. The two developments are the Melton Center Apartments in West Chester and Red Clay Manor in Kennett Square.

“As one of the wealthiest counties in the state and the nation, Chester County is sought after when it comes to finding a place to live,” said Moskowitz. “But the truth is, not everyone can afford to live here, including those who have grown up here.

“By adding affordable homes to areas like West Chester and Kennett Square, we are promoting diverse, well-rounded communities and strengthening our urban center offerings. The county is pleased to be a partner in backing these two developments.”

Construction of the Melton Center Apartments is set to begin in July and should be completed by September 2021. The development will provide 51 affordable townhouse and apartment rental units in the Borough of West Chester on Market, Manor, and Worthington streets. Chester County is providing $850,000 in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds through the county’s Department of Community Development.

The total cost of the project is $15.8 million, and the development partners are Church Housing Corp., NRP Group LLC, and the Melton Center.

The second development, the affordable senior housing Red Clay Manor, will receive $920,000 in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds from the county’s Department of Community Development. It is scheduled to break ground this fall and should be completed by the end of 2021. This project will add 60 affordable rental apartments for seniors 62 and older, within the Borough of Kennett Square.

Total cost of this project is $15.9 million, and the development partners are Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, CREA, Citizens Bank, and the Housing Authority of Chester County.

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