Conneaut Lake OKs plan for senior housing

Jean Shanley
Meadville Tribune

Oct 22, 2016

Construction for senior housing development at Conneaut Lake could begin in the spring

CONNEAUT LAKE — Evans Square, a senior housing development being planned for Conneaut Lake, moved one step closer to reality when Conneaut Lake Borough Council gave its approval for a subdivision plan, contingent upon review by Ashley Porter, consulting engineer.

The subdivision approval was needed because the plan calls for consolidation of three lots for the project. Porter must approve the stormwater plan for the project.

Council’s approval came at the conclusion of an update given by Kelley Coey, project developer for Hudson Property Management Group, which is developing the project.

Coey told council the Hudson group is in the process of obtaining all the necessary permits from various government agencies and hopes to finalize the purchase of the property by early 2017 and then start construction in April.

Approval still is needed from the Crawford County Conservation District for the sediment and erosion control and a GP7 permit that is a minor road-crossing permit.

Coey said she expects all approvals to be received by the end of November or December. The complex will be located at the southeast corner of Line and North Fifth Street in the borough.

The complex is for low-income senior citizens 62 years and older. Maximum income for a one-person unit is $24,000 annually and for a two-person family, the maximum is $28,000.

Coey also announced that the Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA) has agreed to have a bus stop in that area five days a week so residents will no longer have to call in advance to schedule transportation by CATA.

Other business at Borough Council’s meeting included an update by Bill Eldridge on behalf of the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee (CLCDC), which is overseeing plans for the current revitalization program for Water Street and Fireman’s Beach in the borough.

He said the CLCDC submitted additional information at the request of government agencies involved in the grant process. The information was in regard to a plan by Bob and Kathy Moss to donate land near Fireman’s Beach for the project as part of a “matching funds”‘ application.

He said if the project proceeds as planned, some of the docks might have to be removed before construction can began. Council directed Secretary-treasurer Sue Cunningham to send letters to dock owners advising them of that possibility.

The multimillion dollar revitalization project is being funded through various grants and donations with council approving a loan if needed. Alan Shaddinger, local attorney, has been hired to draw up all the documents for the potential loan.