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August 27, 2010

Cumberland Meadows project set for March 2011 completion

— CUMBERLAND — Senior citizens in the Cumberland area will soon have another option for housing when construction on the Cumberland Meadows project concludes in March of 2011.

The project involves the contruction of a three-story mid-rise apartment complex located near Allegany College with 64 one- and two-bedroom units for rent. The Woda Group, LLC and the Cumberland Housing Authority are working together on the project.

Charlene Wray, senior vice president with Woda Management, said that rent for the units will range from $420 to $575, but added that those rates are likely to change by the time the building is put into service.

Wray said the project stemmed from a need for senior housing in the area.

“Whenever there’s a new housing project, there’s a market study done by a third party that goes into a particular area and finds out what the needs are for housing in that area,” said Wray. “They’ll find what age group is not being addressed with enough housing and that’s how you start the decision on what you will develop.”

Zebulon Culver, development officer with the Woda Group’s Crofton office, said the project has cost around $9 million, the majority of which consists of construction costs.

“The Cumberland Housing Authority has had quite a bit of input,” said Culver. “They’re one of the principals of the project, and they have an ownership there.

“They helped us to outline the tenant services, figure out what the appropriate amenities would be and stuff like that,” added Culver. “They’ve helped us through the process and gotten some feet on the ground out in Cumberland for us.”

Culver said Cumberland Meadows will be a popular project.

“All indications that we have are that it’ll be very popular,” said Culver. “There are other senior projects in the area that are full and that people seem to enjoy. All our indications say that we’re not going to have any problems leasing this out. There will be new apartments with modern amenities.”

Cory Galliher can be reached at cgalliher@times-news.com.

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