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Senior Citizen Housing Nears Completion

Construction is on schedule at a senior citizen housing complex in St. Ignace, with project planners hoping to be able to move people in by February, said Don Wright of the Community Action Agency, which will manage the housing facility on State A Street and Lake Avenue.

The new development will offer 24 rental apartments to senior citizens, said Mr. Wright, and rent will be determined on a sliding scale based on the tenant's income. About 19 applications are now being processed from people who want to live there, leaving about five units still available, he told The St. Ignace News Friday, January 12.

"The contractor expects to be finished so we can do a final walkthrough January 26, and the next step will be to get a city occupancy permit based on a city inspection before we can move people in," Mr. Wright said. "The upstairs is now complete and, downstairs, the carpet is being installed this week. The community rooms with fireplaces are very nice. Everything is going ahead on schedule."

State funding for the long-awaited $2.5 million senior citizens housing project in the city was announced January 6, 2006, and ground was broken for the project on the site of the former Mackinac County Road Commission garage June 23, 2006. The idea was first proposed in the city in the late 1970s and the project was delayed several times over the years by difficulties in proving to funding agencies a genuine need for the housing.

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