Adding another piece to the affordable housing puzzle in Williston
Adding another piece to
the affordable housing puzzle in Williston
lots of pieces to the puzzle that makes up affordable housing in the western
half of the state. That’s according to Judy Herring, the Williston Housing
Authority (WHA) executive director.
much building going on here right now, it’s really hard to keep track of all
the new apartments and subdivisions,” said Herring.
Herring and the
eight other WHA employees serve singles and families, by managing 192
apartments in different areas of town. But, aside from managing units directly
for those with lower incomes, the WHA tries to provide as much information as
possible to those looking for housing.
One of the key
groups that WHA works with, Lutheran Social Services, is getting ready to
complete a key project that will provide another location for older adults
living in Williston to call home.
Legacy at Central Place
Social Services started in North Dakota about 95 years ago, they have only been
a player in affordable housing over the last five years.
with housing in North Dakota fits the Lutheran Social Services mission and the
needs of the state,” said Jessica Thomasson, Vice President for Social Enterprise.
“With our housing projects across the western half of the state, we are doing
everything we can to build a model that fits the needs of the local community.”
at Central Place project in Williston is doing just that, by renovating an
existing building and making it something the community can use and be proud of
at the same time.
historic renovation of the former high school and middle school at the heart of
town is a real opportunity to take a landmark public building and give it a new
life and make it a positive asset in the neighborhood,” said Thomasson.
era building was originally a senior high school, and is made up of 55,000 square
feet, spread out over three stories, with an Art Deco design.
One of the
first steps in renovating the building, a process that started a year ago, was
to place it on the National Register of Historic Places. This ensured certain
historical standards and guidelines would be met and will provide a more
appealing structure for the surrounding community. In October, construction
crews placed historic glass in the 64 largest windows that ensured a unique
look and feel to the building.
“This was an
interesting component of the project, because it allows us to maintain the 8.5
foot by 8.5 foot frame of the historic window and pane arrangement, while also
ensuring energy efficiency and modern functionality that is needed for today’s
style of apartment,” said Thomasson.
expects the building to be ready for occupancy at the end of 2013, as the
44-unit project made up of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments will be
rented out to those 55 and older with modest income. Lutheran Social Services
plans on making rent affordable for their tenants, in the range of $330/month
to $780/month, depending on income.
a commitment that our rents will stay affordable for at least the next 30
years,” said Thomasson. “Thanks to some great partnerships at the local, state
and federal level we’ll be able to provide a location to help ease some of the current
housing crunch in Williston.”
If you are
interested in an application for moving into the Legacy at Central Place
apartments, you can call 701-271-3207. They are taking applications now.
Did You Know?
at Central Place historical renovation was made possible through a true
collaboration of funding sources, including the following groups and partners:
Community Partners, an investor in Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Historic
grant from ND Housing Incentive Fund (NDHFA)
grants through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Community Development
grant from the Williston Star Fund
grant through the Agribank Rural Community Grant Fund
International Bank & Trust, construction loan
Pollard / USDA 538 Multifamily loan product, permanent loan
Community Foundation, bridge loan
ND, bridge loan