City supports second senior project
Apartments proposed for opposite Wildwood subdivision

COVINGTON - For the second time this month, the Covington City Council has issued a letter and resolution of support for a proposed independent senior living facility.

A three-story building with between 80 and 92 units is proposed for the west side of Covington Bypass Road opposite Wildwood subdivision on 5 acres owned by local attorney Phil Johnson. The development, called Spring Meadow L.P., will be for people age 55 and older.

The majority of apartments would be one bedroom, with rent at $500 per month, with a few two-bedroom units that will rent for $650 per month, according to a letter from Johnson to the City Council.

Amenities will include a computer room, movie theater, fitness center and hair and beauty salon.

"With an aging demographic of baby boomers, we will obviously need additional capacity, and this proposed project will give us first-class capacity within close proximity to all the services and retail which will be needed by the senior residents. The project ties in perfectly with the new walking trail to be built connecting Eastside High School and the library, and ultimately the entire downtown area," Johnson's letter states.

The property will be owned and developed by Beneficial Communities LLC of Florida, which has at least 18 similar communities in Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.

The developers are seeking tax credits and HOME funds from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. HOME funds go toward development or preservation of affordable housing.

The City Council unanimously agreed to send a letter and resolution to DCA in support of the project.

Two weeks ago, the council also pledged its support for a senior living facility planned for the Harristown area in downtown Covington.

That development will consist of up to 70 units for people age 55 and older, with rent based on income.

That project could begin construction in April 2010, a spokesman said. A construction date for the facility on the Bypass has not been given.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.