Bay Aging gets $3.8 million for new housing facility in Gloucester

Bay Aging will receive $3.8 million from the Virginia Housing Development Authority for a new age-restricted housing facility planned for Gloucester County.

The money will cover a portion of the construction cost for the 40-unit apartment complex — Daffodil Gardens II — on just more than 5 acres of the land. The property, off Fiddlers Green Road, is adjacent to Bay Aging’s adult day care facility, a Bay Transit bus facility and the Daffodil Gardens single-unit senior housing complex on Garden Grove Lane.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors agreed to rezone 8.89 acres of land off Fiddlers Green Road from suburban countryside to multifamily in October 2015 for the development. The remaining 3.8 acres is being held for future potential senior housing, according to Joshua Gemerek, senior vice president of housing for Bay Aging.

Daffodil Gardens II is expected to be a three-story facility with either one- or two-bedroom apartments, serving tenants older than 55 who meet certain income requirements. The first Daffodil Gardens complex includes 64 units of age- and income-restricted single rental houses. It was built in 2001.

Gemerek said the demand for senior housing in the area continues to grow. Daffodil Gardens has 140 people on its waiting list, up from 90 in 2015 when the facility was approved by the county.

“There is a shortage of affordable housing,” he said. “The type of housing Bay Aging develops and operates is service enriched housing.” It delays the move to institutional settings, he said, and allows people to live independently for a longer period of time.

The new facility, Gemerek said, will cost about $5.6 million to build. The agency is seeking “gap funding” from grants and other avenues to cover the remaining costs. He expects the facility to be built by late 2019.

Hubbard can be reached by phone at 757-298-5834.

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