Fri, 2016-01-29 05:00 News Staff
Constitution Court prepares to lease second phase
By LYNETTE SOWELL
After months of construction with delays due to the weather, Constitution Court Apartments will soon begin leasing its phase II units. The six-building complex has a total of 72 units, with the first section of units nearly ready to go for tenants.
Isabella Quinn is the property manager for Cambridge Interests, the company which owns Constitution Court.
She said the rent levels are income-based, with three levels of income brackets, which tenants must meet in order to qualify for that particular rent. Rent amounts are based on household size in addition to income.
With Constitution Court participating in the Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the income limits are set by that program. For example, the income maximum for a family of four would be $35,700 to rent a unit. For military families, Quinn said they do not count the BAH
“There is the maximum income limit and if they are over that, they cannot rent,” Quinn said. The only exception will be the three market units.
“We accept Section 8 housing vouchers, also. We have a few people who receive monthly credits for utilities,” Quinn said. “When we have somebody who is really in need, we have them fill out an application and send it to Affordable Caring Housing.” Quinn said a few of the tenants have most of, if not all, of their rent covered by other assistance.
The new phase will have 69 of the 72 new units with the income caps.
“What will be different with this (phase) is we will have three market units. They will not be limited by income,” Quinn said. The market units will each be a one-, two- and three-bedroom unit.
“Our owner would love to have veterans living there, which I am working on notifying veterans’ groups to make them aware.”
She looks forward to calling those who’ve expressed an interest in the new phase of the apartment complex.
The first phase opened four years ago and also has 72 units and currently has only 2 one-bedroom units available, so space is at a premium for the original complex.
Tenants have access to a clubroom with kitchen, fitness center, playground and outdoor grilling area.
Affordable Caring Housing, Inc., the nonprofit which participated in the development of Constitution Court, holds events at the complex several times a year.
“These are support services. For example, we had a class on how to improve your credit. We also offer health screenings once a year on site, checking blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar, things like that,” Quinn said.
Representatives also come to the complex at the start of each school year and bring school supplies, as well as host a safety seminar in the fall around Halloween, providing candy for the children. At Christmas, ACH hosts a Christmas party on site for the children as well.
The office is located at 712 Constitution Dr. and Quinn can be reached at (254) 518-8829.