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Cheriton Heights, $20.9m, 70-unit senior housing development, opens in West Roxbury

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 30, 2013 12:59 PM

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(The Community Builders, Inc.)

Cheriton Heights partners and sponsors gathered for the senior housing development’s grand opening on May 29. From left to right: Sheila Galicki, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Bruce Polishook, president, CWC Builders; Bart Mitchell, president and CEO, The Community Builders, Inc.; Sheila Dillon, director, Boston Department of Neighborhood Development; Olivia Waishek, member of the Arab American Benevolent Association (AABA); Noreen Salah Burpee, executive director, The Salah Foundation; Elias Audy, president, AABA; Tom and George Salah of The Salah Foundation; David Hajjar, chariman, AABA Planning and Development; and Lucio Trabucco, partner, NunesTrabucco Architects

A $20.9-million, 70-unit senior housing development in West Roxbury opened this week.

Cheriton Heights will house residents over age 62 in one- and two-bedroom units targeted for low- and moderate-income seniors as well as some market rate apartments.

With funding and support from city, state and local partners, the project was built by nonprofit developer The Community Builders, Inc. and the American Arabic Benevolent Association, which owns Cheriton Heights and the adjacent Cheriton Grove housing development.

“This has been a long and wonderful 17-year process to bring this building to reality.” David Hajjar, chair of the benevolent association’s real estate committee, said in a statement. “We’re grateful to all of our friends and partners for their help in building Cheriton Heights”

For units designated as affordable housing, eligible households will pay rent equal to 30 percent of their adjusted gross income.

“I’m happy to say that next month more than 70 deserving seniors will call Cheriton Heights home,” said a statement from Noah Sawyer, project manager for The Community Builders. “This development helps ensure older residents of the city have safe, quality housing they can afford.”

The development includes energy efficient appliances, a library and community room, an on-site resident service coordinator, computers with Internet access, community garden and is near MBTA access, shopping and scenic areas, officials said.

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