Applications Accepted to Live at Mann Edge Terrace

Applications are now being accepted from those seeking to live at Mann Edge Terrace, Lewistown’s new apartment building for senior citizens.  The building, at Dorcas and South Water streets will be ready for occupancy late this year or early 2013.  

Residents must be at least 62-years old and meet income requirements.  Annual income for one person must not exceed $23,400 and, in the case of two persons, no more than $26,700.

Interested individuals may contact Linda Mincemoyer at the SEDA-COG Housing Development Corporation (HDC), 1-800-326-9310.  They will be sent a one-page pre-application form.  On July 9, forms were sent to those whose names were on an informal “inquiry” list.

As completed pre-applications are returned to SEDA-COG, they will be time-stamped and, on a first-come first-served basis, individuals will be contacted and the more comprehensive application process will begin, 45-90 days from now.  Applicants’ income must be verified, their credit history will be reviewed, and they must be able to generally care for themselves.  

Mann Edge Terrace consists of 31 units, primarily for one individual, although two-person apartments are also available.  There are also four apartments designed for handicapped residents who need accommodations for wheelchairs.  One-bedroom apartments rent for $450/month, two-bedroom apartments for $550.  The monthly rental includes all utilities other than cable television and telephone.  Furnished community space, located throughout the building, includes a community room, sitting lounges, library, computer lab, and sun porch.  

Groundbreaking for Mann Edge Terrace occurred last November.  The $5.5 million project includes financing from Juniata Valley Bank (JVB), Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the HDC, Mifflin County Commissioners, and Lewistown Borough Council.  

“So many organizations have expended time and effort to bring us to this point,” said Marcie Barber, President & CEO, JVB. “The Bank is gratified to be a part of this endeavor, particularly as it rehabs a former industrial site.  This project is meeting a critical need and enriching our downtown.”  

Echoing Ms. Barber’s comments, Robert Postal, President, MCIDC, said the financing group is “…an example of a partnership that should be repeated in the future…”  

“We have received many positive comments relating to the design of the building,” said Postal, “It will be a great place for living in downtown Lewistown.”

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