New senior housing fills up fast

At $675 per month plus utilities, Westfall Senior Apartments has only two vacancies left a few months after completion


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  • The new Westfall Senior Apartments (Photo by Anya Tikka)



By Anya Tikka

— The newly constructed Westfall Senior Apartments, which opened on Hulst Drive, near K-Mart, on Dec. 18, are almost full, said Chief Operating Officer Paul Kratzer and Property Manager Claudia Arghir of Devon Management in a phone call.

The complex is made of two three-story buildings, with 92 apartments in all. In early April only two remained available.

Tenants must be over 55 and have a minimum annual income of $16,200, with no upper income limits, Arghir said. The selection is on a first come, first served basis once criminal, sex offender, and credit checks are out of the way.

The rent of $675 a month plus utilities — on average $80 for heat and electric plus $62 to cable and internet — may play a role in the quick rentals. All the units are similar: handicapped accessible and 770 square feet, with one bedroom and a living area, kitchen, and shower. Amenities include parking and a community room. Anyone needing age-related assistance must make their own arrangements.

Being a Pike County resident is not a requirement, even though the project was started as a way to keep Pike seniors close to their communities by offering them affordable housing

Michael Sullivan, director of the Pike County Economic Authority, states on its website that Pike County’s percentage of over-65 residents is 20.3, well over the national average of 14.5 percent.

Arghir didn’t know how many of those already in the apartments are from out of state, but said some are from as far as South Carolina. She guessed that the average age of tenants is about 60.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct sum for the monthly rent, which a typo in the original made a lot less than it really is. The Courier regrets the error.

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