03.09.2015 Senior development holds open house

Monday, 09 MAR 2015 03:00 AM BY JASMINE STOLE | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

DOZENS of the island’s man’åmko visited the newest housing development in Dededo on Saturday, hoping to learn more about the affordable homes which are exclusively for the qualified elderly.

The Summer Town Estates housing development will comprise about 240 one- and two-bedroom rental units that are to rented to senior citizens at least 55 years old, who also meet the income requirements. 

A 750-square-foot one-bedroom unit rents for $518 a month, while a 1,000-square-foot two bedroom unit will rent for $627 a month.

Each unit is furnished with a refrigerator, stove, air-conditioning, solar-powered water heaters, energy-efficient lighting, typhoon shutters and washer-dryer hookups.

Each unit also has hardwood cabinets, solid surface countertops and garden planters. The gardens are part of a partnership between the developer, Core Tech Development LLC and Guam Community College. 

“Guam Community College is planting flowers and vegetables and herbs with the residents,” said Jason Ralston, executive director of Guam Facilities Foundation Inc., the nonprofit organization that has partnered with Core Tech for this and other housing projects 

For 88-year-old Ciraco Sanchez, the garden planters behind each unit were a nice surprise. Sanchez was one of the dozens of senior citizens who went to Saturday’s open house to find out more information about Summer Town Estates.

“I saw the bedroom and it’s nice,” Sanchez said. “I think it’s good to have security. Not just at night but 24 hours. They should do it for safety. Nowadays you need those things, you never know.” 

Ralston said the area is gated and will have continuous CCTV monitoring and a security guard to patrol the area. 

Two phases

Summer Town Estates will be opening in two phases. The first phase includes 60 buildings with 240 units that will be built for senior citizens. Ralston said 48 units are already available for lease and construction on another 122 units will start this month. “That’s the first phase of multiple phases for the whole property,” Ralston said. “The first 240 are for seniors only.” 

Eventually, Core Tech Development plans to erect about 399 homes in the area.

The first person to move in will do so sometime this week and there are more people who have applied and are already on the waiting list. 

Summer Town Estates homes are built for accessibility and many homes are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. At Saturday’s open house, interested residents were shown a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom unit, both of which have open hallways and wide doors. Some units also have roll-in showers.

“Every unit is adaptable,” Ralston said. “One out of four is accessible, which means it is already designed for someone with disabilities.” 

A community center with a bingo hall and exercise facility has been built and furnished. A swimming pool, laundry center, retail store and restaurant are also planned and will be built in the same area.

For more information, call Guam Facilities Foundation at 646-5800.

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