Nonprofit breaks ground on 58-unit community in Robeson

Site centrally located between Reading, Birdsboro

ROBESON TWP., Pa. - Work is officially underway on building a new housing community in Berks County.

The Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic broke ground Tuesday on the River Run Meadows Apartments on Route 724 in Robeson Township.

The $14.1 million, 58-unit community will provide affordable apartments to working families, aging parents and grandparents, and those living with disabilities, officials said.

The site, centrally located between Reading and Birdsboro, will consist of six residential buildings that feature one- and two-bedroom walkup apartments, as well as two-story two- and three-bedroom townhomes, laundry facilities, a community gathering space, and a multipurpose athletic court.

Construction is set to be complete in the fall.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded $1,132,144 in low-income tax credits to the development. More than half of the units will be set aside for individuals and families that earn less than 50 percent of the area median income (AMI); the remainder will be affordable to households earning less than 60 percent of the AMI, officials said.

In addition, 10 percent of the units will be fully accessible and designed to meet current ADA standards; two non-ADA units will include features for hearing and/or visually impaired households.

As part of the transaction, HDC MidAtlantic annexed part of the 50-acre site to Natural Lands Trust, a nonprofit land conservation group that aims to protect forests, fields, streams, and wetlands in eastern Pennsylvania. The community is being constructed adjacent to the Schuylkill River Trail.

HDC MidAtlantic already operates a number of apartment complexes in Berks County, including the Market Square, Penns Common, and Sencit Town House apartments in Reading,

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