JABA Affordable Housing Project Nears Completion

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The housing complex is on East Market Street, in the Woolen Mills Neighborhood. The housing complex is on East Market Street, in the Woolen Mills Neighborhood.

After years of work, a Charlottesville affordable housing complex for seniors is finally nearing completion. It's following a trend of new senior housing - keeping it right in the heart of the community.

Timberlake Place has been in the making since 2009. Ground was broken for the project last year and now people are finally starting to move in, and applications are being accepted for more new members.

The Jefferson Area Board for Aging, or JABA,  is the project developer. JABA's CEO, Marta Keane, said there's a huge need for affordable housing, especially in this region.

"This area does have high rental property and so it makes it very difficult for people to find ways to be in an accessible area like this," she said.

The housing complex is on East Market Street, in the Woolen Mills Neighborhood. It provides low-to-moderate income senior housing with 26-units at or below 50 percent area median income. There is one market-rate unit in the historic Timberlake-Branham house, which was once home to the Mary Williams Senior Center.

The community was built with seniors in mind - all the homes are ground floor accessible and five units are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, meaning they're accessible to people with disabilities.

Other features include more than three acres in total land, half an acre of which is wooded area that will remain undisturbed. There is a community space, and an area set aside as a community garden.

One of the largest benefits, according to JABA, is that the neighborhood is easily accessible to downtown Charlottesville, and the JAUNT buses.

"The buzz word among seniors is 'aging in place,' and aging in place, if you've lost a spouse, can become isolating and lonely and so what we prefer to say is 'aging in communities,'" said Christopher Murray, the business development director for JABA.

The project cost $4,600,000. The City of Charlottesville provided $1 million for the project. Other funding came from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and community, private and federal grants.

Murray said he is glad this project has come together. "It's difficult to put a project of any size into an existing neighborhood and so we're just delighted that it's come to fruition and in fact I can hardly believe it."

You must be 55 or older to live at Timberlake Place.

There is a ribbon cutting scheduled for August 28. For more information about how to apply contact the property manager- Community Housing Partners.

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