The owner of an Easton nursing home is moving ahead with plans for low-income housing for 50 additional seniors.
Presbyterian Senior Living Housing Management of Dillsburg, Pa., owns the Easton Home at 1022 Northampton St. in Easton’s West Ward. The company got special exception approval Monday from the zoning hearing board to add the low-income housing facility next to its current facility.
“Seniors face many challenges such as affordability and accessibility. Through Presbyterian Senior Living’s mission, we make the process of obtaining quality housing feasible for them,” said Emily Shoemake, a spokeswoman for Presbyterian Senior Living.
The company plans to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Shoemake said.
The company needed special approval from the zoning hearing board to build a four-story, 50-unit building and for a 27-space parking lot behind the facility at 40 S. Warren St.
Now that Presbyterian Senior Living has zoning approval, it can draw up development plans and get them in front of the city planning commission later this year, Shoemake said.
The company made its presentation Monday, Oct. 19. But the governor requires a seven-day waiting period before a vote to allow residents without means to attend an online meeting to put their concerns in a letter. The vote in favor of the special exception was Monday, Oct. 26, according to Easton Chief Planner Carl Manges.
Shoemake didn’t have a total project cost estimate but said one would be available later this year.
The Easton Home has accommodations for personal care, respite care, memory support and rehabilitation. The new building won’t have personal care, dining or memory support, Shoemake said.
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