Mountain views, and so much more
Two bedroom units remain available for applicants 55 years or older interested in taking up residence at the new Coronado Park Senior Village in downtown Eagle River.
The new $16.6 million dollar, 56-unit, four-story apartment building represents the first housing project specific to seniors in Eagle River. It is owned and operated by Cook Inlet Housing, based in Anchorage, and opens its doors to residents beginning the third full week of August.
“At this point, we do not have enough move-in ready applicants for the two-bedroom units. There are quite a few still open,” Sezy Gerow-Hanson, director of public and resident relations for CIH, told the Star on Aug. 1. “I would encourage anyone that is interested in living at Coronado Park to put in an application.”
Under regulations established via federal funding sources for the construction of the Coronado Park Senior Village, senior couples, senior roommates or a single senior whom has a live-in aid are eligible for two-bedroom units, Gerow-Hanson explained. Income guidelines also apply.
The building’s one-bedroom units are already spoken for and a waiting list for those units is started, she said.
Approved applicants are being scheduled for staggered leasing appointments beginning Monday, Aug. 18. CIH staff will be on site to go over leasing documents, take payments and acquaint the new residents with their apartments and other common areas of the building.
CIH staff attended an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony held in July for the renovated dining hall at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, Gerow-Hanson said, and took the opportunity to network with staff there regarding coordinating services between the senior center and the Coronado Park.
“We are partnering with the senior center to have their busing services come to Coronado Park to provide transportation for our residents to their programming,” she said. “We think this will be a mutually beneficial partnership.”
Exact dates for that service to begin have yet to be established. At this point, Gerow-Hanson said CIH’s focus is on getting residents established in their new living arrangements. That process may take two to three weeks, or potentially even longer, as applications process through CIH’s federally-mandated process.
Next week final testing of the building’s utility systems is scheduled to be conducted. That includes radon testing and a blower testing to document the building’s energy efficiency rating. According to CIH press releases regarding the facility, the Coronado Park Senior Village is designed to meet 5 Star Plus energy rating. A highly-visible series of solar panels on its roof represent the largest alternative energy system in the state of Alaska and is expected to provide more than 50 percent of the energy needed for domestic hot water usage.
In anticipation of resident arrival, Gerow-Hanson is implementing plans to immediately build a sense of community with the incoming residents. Facilitating resident engagement is one of her job duties. Space within the building’s first floor community room is slated for a library and light exercise classes including yoga are planned for the second floor community room, which will be furnished with mats. Once residents are settled, Gerow-Hanson intends to seek resident volunteers to serve as a color guard raising and lowering federal and state flags outside the building each day.
“This is a great location with easy access to shopping and incredibly beautiful views of the mountains,” she said. “Cook Inlet Housing is very pleased to have a presence such as this in Eagle River now and we look forward to developing the community here.”
Reach reporter Amy M. Armstrong at [email protected]. Learn more about Cook Inlet Housing and the Coronado Park Senior Village online at www.cookinlethousing.org/coronadopark/seniorvillage.