Long Crest revised

The facade design for Long Crest along West Walnut Street. 

Years after it was first proposed, work is about to begin on an affordable housing complex for seniors on the northwest edge of Lancaster city.

Presbyterian Senior Living announced it’s planning a May 14 groundbreaking for LongCrest, a 52-apartment complex that will incorporate the Long Home along West Walnut Street, which closed in 2012.

“We recognize that there is an immediate need for affordable senior housing in Lancaster, and we look forward to filling that need and offering a solution for our future residents,” said Dan Davis, the nonprofit’s chief operating officer.

According to Presbyterian, the project will cost about $19 million, about two-thirds of which will be covered by tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that will yield almost $12 million over 10 years.

The apartments will be for people over age 62, with units in a range of income restrictions from 20% to 60% of the area median income. 

The complex is expected to open summer 2020 and Presbyterian said it will begin to accept applications sometime early next year. Anyone who would like to be notified once applications open can call 717-358-9600 and ask to be added to an interest list.

Presbyterian said the complex will have a community kitchen, exercise room, laundry rooms, game room, storage areas, a supportive service office, mailroom and various socializing spaces, with off-street parking beside the complex.

A carriage house that has been on the site for more than a century will be moved and remodeled for use as a community room at a cost of about $470,000, according to Presbyterian. Last year it had sought permission to tear that down, but withdrew the request after the city Historical Commission opposed the idea.

Presbyterian’s initial 2013 proposal for a 64-apartment complex fizzled due to a lack of financing.