Hughesville, Pa. – After just over a year of construction, Sterlyn May saw his idea of senior independent living townhomes come to life. May, owner of Wolf Run Village Senior Living Community in Hughesville, had owned the facility for nearly 10 years with his wife, Carol.
The complex, located at 3750 Route 220, is situated on 10 acres. The townhomes are behind the main assisted living building. “We had all this ground behind it to mow,” May said. May wanted to develop the land and decided to “take a chance” and build senior independent living townhomes on the grounds. Though there are some senior facilities, most of them are subsidized housing, May said. He had talked to seniors who wanted to live in a community, but they did not meet the financial requirements for subsidized housing.
May decided to take the plunge last year and hire a contractor to construct the five buildings housing 29 apartments. Construction began in July of 2018. Dohl General Construction, of Hughesville, was the contractor.
A ribbon cutting and open house with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce was held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Several dozen people attended the event and toured the townhomes.
The independent living townhomes are for ages 55 and older who do not have significant medical issues. Those who are looking to downsize from their current home also would be potential tenants.
The townhomes are one-bedroom, one-bath and feature a kitchen, living room, laundry in unit and storage. They measure 860 square feet per unit and are not furnished, except for a stove and refrigerator. Each townhome has two parking spaces. There are extra spaces for visitors as well, May said. The tenants do their own cooking, cleaning and laundry. Most utilities are included, except for television, phone and internet. Emergency Alert Systems are installed in each unit to alert staff at the main facility if there is an emergency.
A community room at the complex has room for activities and coin-operated laundry machines. Residents may reserve space in advance for activities. For an extra charge, seniors living in the townhomes may eat meals in the dining room of the nearby assisted living facility.
Seven of the townhomes already are rented out, according to May. He is pleased with how well the construction of the townhomes turned out. They all seem to have a cozy atmosphere, as some of the current tenants have already decorated with fall mums and décor on the front porches. “You always have to worry about how it will look when it’s done, but these turned out really nice,” May said.
For additional information visit http://www.wolfrunvillagecare.com/menu/independent-living-community/ or contact Wolf Run Village at 570-584-0101.