The Lemington brings affordable senior housing with an on-site medical center to Lincoln-Lemington

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A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday celebrated the completion of The Lemington, an affordable senior living center with on-site medical, dental and behavioral health services.

Beacon Communities — a private real estate company that develops, acquires and manages multi-family housing — launched the new facility at the former Lemington Elder Care Services site in the Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

The facility has 54 units for people aged 62 and over. All units are designated as affordable housing. Six of them are for people earning less than 20% of the regional median income (AMI), four are for those who earn less than 30% of the AMI and the others are affordable for people earning less than 50% of the AMI. The median income in Pittsburgh is $59,400, or 50% of the AMI’s $29,700.

The East Liberty Family Health Care Center will have offices on the first floor of the building, where they will provide on-site medical, dental and behavioral health services.

“We started 40 years ago in the basement of the church in Eastminster, and now we are at the top of the hill in a beautiful space,” said Dr David Hall, one of the founders of the East Liberty Family Health Care Center. “Serving the neighborhood and providing quality health care is at the heart of our mission.

The project represents an investment of approximately $18 million in the Lincoln-Lemington community, said Michael Polite, executive vice president of Beacon Communities. He revitalized a building that had been vacant for about 15 years, he said, and previously housed the Lemington Home for the Aged from 1982.

Now, the site will once again house the elderly in the community, while providing community space on the ground floor. The facility has two elevators and 48 units designed for special mobility needs, Polite said.

“We are able to provide our people with a place where you can move in, live within your means, and as your needs change, the property can accommodate them,” he said. “It’s an incredible resource.”

The road the facility is on is a new street named after Mary Peck Bond, who worked to care for older black women in the area. In 1877, she noticed a woman living in a basement and, along with some friends, took her to her house to look after her, Polite explained. Eventually the friends bought a house in the Hill District where they could care for people before forming the organization that became the Lemington Residential Corporation in July 1984.

“What a legacy we have here,” he said.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also noted that Lemington Eldercare Services, which previously headquartered at the site, was the first home in the nation to specifically address the needs of older black women.

The project received financial support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the Housing Authority provided affordable housing vouchers.

Having a site where elderly neighbors can affordably stay in the communities they love without having to take care of a home is a major benefit for the neighborhood, said Sen. Lindsey Williams. She also applauded the concept of combining affordable senior housing with an on-site medical center.

“I don’t know where you get that in the city,” she said.

Mayor Ed Gainey called it a “happy home” for Lincoln-Lemington seniors.

“You’re creating a community that’s better through a partnership between Beacon and East Liberty Family Health,” Gainey said. “It’s powerful. This will help our seniors.

The idea of ​​an affordable facility that provides much-needed resources to aging residents is “very important to making the city a more humane and livable place,” said URA executive director Greg Flisram.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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