KEYSER, W.Va. — A 40-unit family housing complex is getting the support of the Mineral County Commission.

The Woda Group LLC has proposed Bayridge Green, which would be located on 6.8 acres of land on Pine Swamp Road across from the Pinepointe subdivision, said Thomas Simons, Woda’s senior vice president.

Commission president Janice LaRue will send a letter of support for the project, which will be included with an application for the proposed housing. The documents will be submitted to the West Virginia Housing Development Fund by May 28.

“It’s affordable housing, multi-family,” said Simons. “It’s extremely competitive. The state of West Virginia is probably going to receive 30 to 38 applications. They have enough money to fund about eight applications. Will it be successful? We are not sure yet, we have a one in 38 chance.”

Simons indicated that he thought Bayridge Greene would be successful.  

“We are looking to make a $6 million investment, so we got to believe in the market,” said Simons. “That’s a $6 million investment in the county and those dollars will be local.”  

Bayridge Greene will be similar to Bayberry Place, a 60-unit family housing complex owned by Woda and  located off U.S. Route 220 in Keyser. Bayberry Place runs on average about 97 percent occupied, according to Simons.

Bayridge Greene, like Bayberry Place, would be offered on 60 percent area median income basis. Bayberry has one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rent ranging from $455 to $615. Woda pays the water, sewer and garbage and the renters pay electric.  

Woda Construction Inc. will hire local contractors and subcontractors to work on the proposed project, according to Simons.

“We want to be part of the community, we want to buy local materials,” said Simons.

Hiring locally would allow for quicker maintenance, according to Simons.

“I don’t think in the time that Bayberry and Greene Gables (apartments in Short Gap) have been here that I have ever had complaints about the grounds,” said Mike Bland, county coordinator.   

The proposed housing complex will be made of 60 percent brick and will be energy efficient, according to Simons.

West Virginia housing does yearly inspections on the units and Woda does monthly inspections, where they check the fire alarms.

Woda is currently working on a federal housing tax credit application for the proposed housing complex. In addition to Bayberry Place and Greene Gables, Woda owns housing complexes in Short Gap, Romney, Moorefield, Elkins, Frostburg and Morgantown. Woda is both the owner and a management company of all of their units.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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