Construction began last week on a new residential development officials said will serve the seniors of Grove City with affordable housing.
On Friday, Nov. 2, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the Lamplighter Senior Village, to be located on 7.7 acres of land at 1185 Lamplighter Drive.
The development will have 50 residential units divided into a pair of two-story buildings and three single-story buildings, as well as a community building and shelter house. Of the 50 units, 18 will be ranch-style housing with attached garages while the other 32 will be garden style.
The $9.9 million project is intended for seniors 55 and older and is scheduled to open in November 2013.
Grove City council members approved the development plan for the project in August.
Among the attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony were City Administrator Chuck Boso, U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, state Rep. Cheryl Grossman and representatives of other stakeholder organizations.
"From conception to planning to what have today ... takes dedication and a lot of work," said Gregory Arcaro, CEO of Frontier Community Services, managing developer of the project. "All the individuals have helped enormously."
The general contractor of the project is LW Construction Services. David Skomorowski, one of the company's principals and founders, said the project received "overwhelming" support from the city.
"We look forward to getting this project complete," he said.
Douglas Garver, executive director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, said the project will receive $923,000 annually in the form of low-income housing tax credits for 10 years, plus another $750,000 in soft loans.
"The concept for Lamplighter ... reflects our commitment to help those who need it," Garver said. "We are pleased to be a part of this project."
Other entities involved with Lamplighter Village include the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and PNC Bank.
Stivers called the project a "great public-private" partnership that will serve the seniors of Grove City while Boso said it supports the city's commitment to its seniors.
"This is really an exciting moment for Grove City," Grossman said. "It's important for us to collaborate on important goals for our seniors."