The $3.3 million Molly Pitcher Senior Apartments complex in Carlisle opened in December 2007, even though it wasn’t a finished project. But construction is nearing completion on eight additional apartments.
The facility — once a historic, downtown hotel — opened with nine, handicapped-accessible units for low-income senior citizens. The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities pursued the project for about six years before it opened.
Now, after a seven-year hiatus, construction is underway to create eight more apartments on the landmark hotel’s fourth and fifth floors. Tippetts Weaver Architects Inc. of Lancaster is the architect, and The Tuckey Companies is the general contractor.
Officials have said financing stood in the way of completing the project. Last year, the authority received $260,258 in tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which helped restart the project.
Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the authorities, said financing for the $2.46 million project includes: Borough of Carlisle Community Development Block Grant funds ($75,000); state DCED Keystone Communities funds ($100,000); and a deferred developer fee from Cumberland Senior Housing Associates ($89,500). The remaining $2.2 million investment was made by Orrstown Bank, Laudermilch said.
The apartments are designated for individuals 62 and older. The Molly Pitcher includes six one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom apartments and is at 13 S. Hanover St. Residents pay $625 a month for a one-bedroom, and $700 per month for a two-bedroom unit. All utilities are included.
The new apartments are expected to be ready by the middle of summer, the authority announced on its website.