Nearly a hundred residents and the mayor of New Port Richey will join the team from National Church Residences as they celebrate the largest renovation in the organization’s 57-year history. The Landings of St. Andrew is a perfect example of how important it is to maintain properties to ensure future access to affordable housing.
“I’m very proud that National Church Residences is a non-profit organization that uses its earnings to reinvest in projects that serve seniors,” said Mark Ricketts, president and CEO of National Church Residences. “As part of this project, we added a service coordinator to help connect our residents to services, like transportation and health care, so they can remain home for life.”
The event is set for December 5, 2018, at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at The Landings of St. Andrew, 5852 Sea Forest Drive in New Port Richey.
The Landings of St. Andrew opened in 1995 as a senior independent living community. National Church Residences purchased the building in 2000 and began the renovation project in February 2017; the same month the organization received nine-percent tax credit awards from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Project crews finished the major overhaul of the 4-story, 196-unit building in less than two years.
The interior building improvements included an enhanced front entrance lobby, brighter corridors, updated and reconfigured common spaces, installation of a large bingo board, an upgraded elevator and air conditioning was installed for the top floor common spaces. A new roof was added and the exterior walls received a facelift. The landscaping was refreshed and a new sprinkler system was included, as well as an improved hydraulic lift for better access to the pool and a heater for year-round swimming.
In addition, all of the resident units received updates, including modifications made to 50 units improving accessibility to seniors with roll-in showers and wider doorways. An air-conditioned, handicap accessible van was purchased and a service coordinator position was added to serve the residents.
Joining the celebration is New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe and Rob Fleege, director of outreach, from the office of Congressman Gus Bilirakis.
National Church Residences would like to recognize and thank the partners who made this renovation project possible. Our development partners include, the Ruscilli Construction Company and Alliance Architects. We also want to recognize our financial partners, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, National Equity Fund, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, TD Bank and the Board of Directors from National Church Residences.
The Board is committed to its mission and to sustain properties like The Landings of St. Andrew through preservation and restoration efforts. It helped fill a $750,000 funding gap for this project with a loan from our organization’s Foundation.
About National Church Residences
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 340 communities in 26 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.