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Affordable housing project opens in northern Dauphin CountyLykens redevelopment has been in the works since 2011

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The Union House Apartments project in Lykens, site of the former Lykens Hotel and adjacent Israel Building, will open July 12.
The Union House Apartments project in Lykens, site of the former Lykens Hotel and adjacent Israel Building, will open July 12. - (Photo / )

An affordable housing project in northern Dauphin County that has been in the works since 2011 will officially open today.

The 28-unit Union House Apartments in Lykens is an $11.1 million redevelopment project that received low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be held today at 1 p.m.

Dauphin County awarded $500,000 in grants to the project through local gaming grants and the county's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, as well as federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Home Leasing LLC began construction last year on the project at 600 Main St., the site of the former Lykens Hotel and adjacent Israel Building.

The apartments are a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Officials have said rents will range from $626 to $899 per month. All utilities are included, plus there is a community laundry room, central air, resident storage and a community room.

Local construction partners included: architect SAA Architects and historic consultant Warehaus, formally LSC Design, both based in York.

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Jake July 13, 2017 4:07 pm

from $632 to $899 per month and it's still called affordable :( instagram online

Dan July 12, 2017 10:45 am

At a cost of $390k per apartment, that requires a ton of government subsidy to make that work.

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