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Ground broken for Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living senior apartments in Williston

The following news story was released by the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Nov. 27, 2012

WILLISTON, ND – Lutheran Social Services Housing, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) hosted a ceremonial ground breaking at the former Williston Junior High School, 612 1st Avenue West, on Tuesday, November 27. The event marked the beginning of the building’s conversion to affordable rental housing for households age 55 and older.

“The work being spearheaded by Lutheran Social Services Housing and other affordable housing projects underway in Williston are critical in meeting the needs of this rapidly growing community,” said Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, who attended the ground breaking. “We will continue to seek out and forge more productive partnerships like this to bring additional affordable housing to western North Dakota.”

The $10.6 million redevelopment is supported by federal, state and local government funding. The primary source of the project funds is $7.1 million in equity provided by Enterprise. The organization purchased the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) allocated to the project by NDHFA.

“Over the past 30 years, Enterprise has invested in thousands of affordable housing units across the country but none as important as these senior living apartments at Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living - Williston," said Russell Kaney, programs director of Enterprise's National Rural & Native American Initiative. "We are proud to partner with Lutheran Social Services Housing in turning an underutilized historic building into a vibrant community asset.”

Lutheran Social Services Housing anticipates that the redevelopment project will be completed by December 2013. They will begin taking rental applications three to four months before the project is completed.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of North Dakota’s communities by providing affordable housing and housing-related services, with eight rental housing projects currently completed and under management, and several other projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. For 30 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share their vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $11.5 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve nearly 300,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of North Dakota’s communities by providing affordable housing and housing-related services, with eight rental housing projects currently completed and under management, and several other projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living – Williston is Lutheran Social Services Housing’s second rehab of an existing property into affordable rental housing for seniors. A similar project, rehab of the former Jamestown hospital, will wrap up early next year.

Through LIHTC, property owners receive an annual federal tax credit for up to 10 years based on various requirements such as the amount of capital invested and the level of commitment to low-income tenancy. The property also benefited from Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives issued by the National Parks Service/U.S. Department of Interior, which were purchased and syndicated by Enterprise.

“Lutheran Social Services Housing’s mission is to create housing for individuals and families of modest means,” said Jessica Thomasson, program director. “We are very fortunate to be able to work with other like- minded organizations and agencies that support our efforts.”

NDHFA provided additional project support through a $200,000 allocation from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and $365,600 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program dollars. “NDHFA’s financial support leverages other investments, making the development of affordable housing feasible,” said Mike Anderson, NDHFA executive director.

Other key partners in the project include the City of Williston, North Dakota Department of Commerce, USDA Rural Development, First International Bank & Trust, and Lancaster Pollard.

The development will consist of 28 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments that will rent for $330 - $780 per month depending on income and household size. All of the units will offer senior-friendly features and services. Three apartments will be handicapped accessible.

Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living - Williston

Development Description from ND Housing Finance Agency

Nov. 27, 2012

  • Built in 1931, Williston Senior High School later served as the town’s junior high school before it closed in 2005. Lutheran Social Services Housing will rehab the building creating 44 units, 28 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments, for seniors 55 years and older.
  • Thirty-five of the units will be reserved for seniors earning up to 60 percent of area median income (AMI), which in 2012, for instance, is $25,860 per year in gross income for one person and $29,520 per year for a two person household. Based on current Low Income Housing Tax Credit rates, these units would rent for approximately $650 for a one-bedroom to $780 for two-bedroom units. Nine units will be reserved for seniors earning up to 30 percent of AMI, which in 2012 is $12,930 per year for one person and $14,760 for two. These units will rent for approximately $330 for a one-bedroom apartment. Three of the apartments will be handicapped accessible units to meet the needs of the physically disabled. The entire building is designed to meet adaptability standards, so can be adjusted to accommodate a wide ranges of physical abilities based on residents’ specific needs.
  • The rehab of the 53,864-square-foot building will focus primarily on the interior, turning former classrooms into apartments. The apartments will feature grab bars in the bathrooms and roll-in shower stalls, and an elevator will be installed in the building.
  • Onsite services at Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living – Williston will include a senior companionship program, preventative health care checks, Meals
    On Wheels, health/wellness equipment, transportation services, a community room and computer access.
  • The building is located one block off Main Street in the town’s central business district, within walking distance of a pharmacy, retail shopping, a church and an arts center.
  • Lutheran Social Services Housing anticipates that the redevelopment project will be completed by December 2013. They will begin taking rental applications three to four months before the project is completed.

Financing sources include:

  • North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) allocated $611,026 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the project. The credits were purchased by Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. providing $7.1 million in equity to the project.
  • The property also benefits from Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives issued by the National Parks Service/U.S. Department of Interior, which were purchased and syndicated by Enterprise.
  • NDHFA allocated $200,000 from the ND Housing Incentive Fund to the project.
  • NDHFA also allocated $365,600 from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program to the project.
  • Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Williston/ND Department of Commerce, administered by Tri County Regional Council.
  • STAR funds from the City of Williston
  • Construction financing provided by First International Bank & Trust
  • Permanent financing will be provided by Lancaster Pollard with a loan guarantee by USDA Rural Development, through the 538 program.
  • The total cost of developing the project is estimated to be $10.6 million

Property Team
Lutheran Social Service Housing is the developer

More Information
More detailed information on the project is available on the national website of Enterprise Community Partners

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