Upshur senior housing discussed

A Westerville, Ohio, company is looking to put up to 48 senior citizens housing apartments in Upshur County, should it qualify for a state financing program.

Tom Simons, the senior vice president of the Woda Group, told the Upshur County Commission last week that his company has secured about 6 acres along West Virginia Route 20 across from the Kroger.

Simons said that will be the location of the Pringle House, a facility for those over the age of 55 and who are at or below 60 percent of the area medium income.

Simons said the project would bring a $6 million investment to the county, and that the company would look to hire local workers during the construction phase.

“We truly want to be a part of the community,” he said.

To bring the idea to reality, the company is applying to the West Virginia Housing Fund for financing. The commissioners threw their support behind the project, hoping it will help to secure the necessary monetary package.

Simons said the housing complex will have energy-efficient appliances in each residence, and that both one- and two-bedroom units will be available.

The facility would be a multi-level complex with an elevator, officials said. A full-time manager and maintenance person would be hired.

“I love going to our senior communities because there is always something going on, whether it’s a Bible study or board games,” Simons said.

The company manages 1,300 units in West Virginia, including a site near the Elks Country Club in Randolph County.

The Woda Group manages more than 7,000 units across West Virginia as well as in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Simons said the announcement as to which companies will receive the West Virginia Housing Fund should be released in August.

He said if the Woda Group is successful in receiving the financing, construction should be completed within two years after that.