by Lisa Tome
In the coming days, someone will be calling a former jail home sweet home.
The former jail on Elkton's North Street, which was most recently the Elkton Senior Center, is being integrated as part of the North Street Senior Residences housing complex.
Frank Hodgetts of Home Partnership, the developer of this project, explained how many entities worked together to reclaim and reuse the property, which has been vacant since 2007.
Hodgetts said Home Partnership began looking at the property as a site for possible development in 2012.
The project is underway due to multiple funding sources including tax credits, rental housing works money, partnership rental housing funds, and a Community Development Block Grant.
Work is underway on the project which is expected to take 16 months to complete.
"We've lost some days to weather but that has not impacted the critical path. We are still on target to open in January or February," said Hodgetts.
The complex will have two buildings. The former jail will house five units and community space.
"I have to tip my hat to the town and county for making things happen. My hat's off to Joe Fisona and Tari Moore and their staffs," said Hodgetts. "Without the help and oversight of the town and the county, we wouldn't have been able to do this without that. The town's support of the block grant was key. The town and county's efforts got us through it all."
The developer already has an interest in the county. They have built the North Bay complex in North East and Richmond Hills in Perryville.
The housing complex will feature 16 first floor units, 20 second floor units, and 17 third floor units. Nine of the homes will have two bedrooms.
In order to live in the complex, residents must be 62 or older. Rent will be income-based and will be $430-$770 per month.
For information on applying to live in the North Street Senior Residences please call 410-392-2299. On the web go to www.northstreetresidences.com.
It is anticipated that reservations for occupancy will be accepted beginning in the fall.