Landis Communities teams with Welsh Mountain Home, HDC MidAtlantic to make apartments a reality
When Mountain View Terrace welcomes its first resident next month, it will mark another milestone in senior living in Lancaster County.
An extension of neighboring Welsh Mountain Home, a personal care home on a rural 50-acre setting in New Holland, Mountain View Terrace will offer much-needed affordable rural housing to seniors 62 and older with less than median income.
Funded in part with a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, awarded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the three-floor complex will feature 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments, with rent based on one’s income or ability to pay.
The project owes its success to the collaborative effort of four well-established entities: Landis Communities, owner of Welsh Mountain Home; Welsh Mountain Home, owner of Mountain View Terrace; Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic, which is managing the construction and operation of the apartments; and general contractor EG Stoltzfus Construction.
“Mountain View Terrace extends the mission of Landis Communities to serve people in all economic strata and to provide affordable services for people living at home,” says Eva Bering, vice president of operations for Landis Communities. “For Landis Communities, Mountain View Terrace represents yet another unique approach to address the needs of those who choose to live in other than a traditional continuing care retirement community or who have less resources and desire traditional housing.”
“Mountain View Terrace is the result of the right partners at the right time,” adds HDC MidAtlantic President and CEO Michael R. Carper. “Welsh Mountain Homes had the vision and brought their asset — available land — to the table. Landis Communities brought the resources needed to support the vision, including their expertise in serving our senior population here in Lancaster County. And, HDC MidAtlantic brought the capacity and capability to develop and manage Mountain View Terrace.”
“The rural setting was chosen after obtaining support from Lancaster County and the local township and based on the demographics of the area,” Bering says.
EG Stoltzfus shares that philosophy, says company vice president Andy Brubaker.
“We pride ourselves in providing homes for all levels of income and providing affordable senior care living space,” he says
HDC MidAtlantic has 11 properties designated for seniors in Lancaster County, however Mountain View Terrace is located in the most rural area, according to HDC marketing specialist Donna Overly.
“The need for rural affordable senior housing continues to grow,” Overly says.
HDC MidAtlantic has fielded 300 requests for applications to Mountain View Terrace, she says. Of those, 82 have been returned. To date, 27 apartments have been filled.
“Every unit will be made affordable to individuals and families at or below 60 percent of area median income,” Overly says, noting that rent will range from $260 to $782 per month.”
Mountain View Terrace features 32 one-bedroom apartments, 29 of which are approximately 724 square feet and three of which are 883 square feet, as well as four two-bedroom apartments. Each includes a kitchen, dining area, open living area, bath and walk-in closet.
It also includes apartments designated for those living with hearing or vision impairments as well as ADA apartments for those living with mobility impairments. Four apartments are outfitted with these features, Overly says.
The building also has common areas, a community room, washer and dryer services and a physician’s office.
Additional design features, Brubaker notes, include geothermal heating and cooling, a solar voltaic system that provides 5 percent of the electrical requirements for the building, and an environmentally beneficial rain garden to assist with stormwater runoff.
The design team for the project includes Cornerstone Design Architects, civil engineer ELA group, and Sharp Engineering, working under the direction of the architect.
In addition to the on-site features, supportive services such as transportation, pharmacy and laboratory will be offered or coordinated for the resident through Welsh Mountain Home, Bering says.
Mountain View Terrace is also within the service area of Landis at Home, a licensed home-care agency under the Landis Communities umbrella that offers personal and supportive services to adults who choose to remain in their own home.
Formed to creatively serve the diverse needs and interests of older adults, Landis Communities is an outgrowth of Landis Homes, a 51-year-old continuous care retirement community in Lititz. In addition to Welsh Mountain Home and its Mountain View Terrace expansion, Landis Communities also includes Steeple View Lofts, a senior living apartment community in downtown Lancaster; Adult Day Services, including memory support; and Landis at Home.
Mountain View Terrace is located at 566 Springville Road, New Holland. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.