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Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of Affordable Senior Apartments in Allentown

June 5, 2017

The grand opening of Sacred Heart Residences was celebrated at a grand opening ceremony today that included federal, state and local officials, as well as representatives from Pennrose and Sacred Heart Hospital. The development provides 61 new, high-quality, affordable apartment homes to seniors aged 62 and older. It is one of the first buildings in Pennsylvania designed to meet the Passive House standard, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency that results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

Sacred Heart Residences was developed in collaboration with Sacred Heart Hospital and is located within one block of the hospital. The first floor includes 6,000 square feet of space that will be utilized by Sacred Heart Hospital for geriatric, physical therapy, and other senior focused medical functions. These services will be available to both building residents and the public.

Community amenities include a spacious community room with kitchen, a fully-equipped fitness room, game room, library, lobby lounge, common laundry rooms, and a roof terrace. The one- and two-bedroom apartment units include open floor plans with oversized windows, modern kitchens, including dishwasher, spacious closets, ceramic tiled bathrooms, and resident controlled heating & cooling.

Speakers at the ceremony included: Holly Glauser, director of development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; Connor Corpora, Lehigh Valley regional manager, Office of U.S. Senator Bob Casey; John Hrubenak, vice president, operations and business development, Sacred Heart Hospital; Daniel R. Farrell, executive director, Allentown Housing Authority; Marta B. Gabriel, Lehigh Valley regional manager, Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey; Ed Pawlowski, mayor, City of Allentown; Representative Charles W. Dent, U.S. Congressman, 15th District; Mark H. Dambly, president, Pennrose Properties, LLC; Brett Macleod, executive director of community development banking, JPMorgan Chase; Representative Peter G. Schweyer, member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Ellen Millard-Kern, chief of staff, Senator Pat Browne, 16th District.

“The market for quality affordable housing for seniors in the Allentown area was apparent by the speed by which this development was fully leased,” said Mark H. Dambly, president of Pennrose Properties, LLC. “Residents will have both a new, modern apartment, as well as immediate proximity to services customized for seniors.”

Total development costs were more than $13 million. The units provide housing to seniors with income ranging from 20% to 60% of the area median income. Nearly $11.2 million in LIHTC equity was awarded to the project by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.