WESTFALL TWP. - Westfall Senior Apartments, a 93-unit complex opened earlier this year, was dedicated, Sept. 13. Pike County officials hailed the project as much needed and going a long way in meeting housing needs for elderly residents, while at the same time needing even another.
Charlie McCoy, a senior citizen and former supervisor of Delaware Township, was present for the ceremony, and earnestly thanked developer Jonah Mendelbaum for building the facility. McCoy, who attended numerous county commissioner meetings in Milford pushing for a senior housing development, commented how some seniors live in their cars.
McCoy said he would drive over weekly to watch the construction progress.
Dire need for some
He referred to a woman who stays in her car, who he has tried to steer her to het help. He also said he knows a man who says he has been living “in the woods”- possibly in a tent.
A woman, among the many residents of Westfall Senior Apartments filling the room for the ceremony, shouted out, “Thank you to the commissioners and Robin… we’d still be sleeping in our cars!”
Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg called this an “incredible facility” in a beautiful location. He said there were many hurdles and hard work, but it has paid off. He thanked the Westfall Township Supervisors for their assistance, as well as Senator Lisa Baker and Rep. Mike Peifer.
Westfall Senior Apartments is located behind K-Mart at 134 Hulst Drive. Property Manager Claudia Arghir said that all 93 apartments are filled, and she has 44 people on a waiting list. Each apartment has an efficient, 774 square foot room plan.
Unique in the area, Pike County Area Agency on Aging has an office right in the facility, Robin LoDolce, Agency Executive Director, said. their APPRISE coordinator will be meeting with seniors right there to answer questions about Medicare. Lana Romeo, who works for the county Agency on Aging, will be scheduling recreational programs.
The county recently opened a Senior Center just down the street, in the Westfall Township Fire Department. Seniors can easily access shopping right nearby, a short walk or drive away.
Residents must be age 55 and up. Individuals or households who meet the income and household size requirements may apply. Veterans receive a general preference for apartments.
After McCoy pressed for more senior housing, Osterberg contacted Jonah Mendelbaum, who is Chief Executive Officer for MJJ Corporation and Devon Management Corporation, and put up a senior housing development in Port Jervis.
Mendelbaum stated that he had been searching for a site in Pike County, and stressed that this was a team effort.
Milestone for Pike County
Michael Sullivan, Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, said in a written statement distributed to the press, that full utilization of this complex provides a milestone for Pike County. Pike’s percentage of the population who are “65 years and older” is substantially higher than one would expect as compared to the general population of the United States.
Census data for July 1, 2016 showed that in the United States, 15.2% of the population was age 65 and older; in Pike County, PA it was 21.8%.
Commissioner Osterberg urged the developer to consider building yet another senior housing complex in Pike County.
For more information about Westfall Senior Apartments, visit www.devonmgt.com or call 845-324-0211.