Senior housing proposals pending in Clay, Salina

Could the Liverpool area soon be home to a new senior apartment building?

That's the hope of Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities. Over the last few months, both the Clay and Salina town boards have heard presentations from the not-for-profit corporation, which is seeking to construct an apartment building at the corner of Davis and Bear roads in Clay and at the corner of Buckley Road and Patricia Drive in Salina.

"We develop affordable housing for seniors capable of living independently," said Michael Connors of Affordable Senior Housing. "We think there's a need for our product in this segment of the population [seniors 60 and over making $25,000 to $35,000 a year]. Folks who make less can get an apartment through HUD, but these seniors are told they make too much. There are a lot of assisted and enhanced living facilities, but the rents on those can run $2,000 or $3,000 a month, and that's out of their range. There's a gap in the marketplace, and we're looking to fill that gap."

Connors said the proposals for both locations are very similar. Each includes just one building, though, if the project in Salina is approved and fills up quickly, the organization will construct a second building off Buckley Road.

Both buildings are single apartment buildings for seniors who don't need assistance with medications or meal preparation. They target seniors who make 60 to 80 percent of the median income for the area, or $25,000 to $35,000. The buildings include a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments, with one-bedrooms being 650 to 690 square feet and two-bedrooms being 850 square feet. Each building is fully handicapped-adaptable and features amenities like a community area for residents, a library, a family room, an on-site beauty parlor, an exercise facility, laundry facilities and an elevator. The Clay site would have 127 apartments while the one in Salina would have 131.

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