CBI News

GREENER ASSUMES EXEC ROLE; RODRIGUEZ JOINS CBI AS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

June 13th, 2017

Following Ken Smith’s retirement, Lisa A. Greener has been named Executive Director, effective June 1. Lisa joined CBI in 2012 as our Director of Finance after a 22+-year career with the High Companies where she most recently served as Controller for High Real Estate Group. In 2015, she became our first Deputy Director. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management from Lebanon Valley College.

Welcome, Loaida Rodriguez! Our new Director of Finance brings 16 years of accounting expertise to our organization and holds a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis in non-profits, from West Chester University.

KEN SMITH RETIRES

June 7th, 2017

Friends, family, colleagues and community leaders dropped by on May 22 to celebrate Executive Director Ken Smith’s 50+-year career during a surprise retirement party. We wish him our very best and promise to uphold and continue the high standards he set for Community Basics’ projects over the years, as well as his legacy of hard work and dedication to ensure affordable housing throughout our region. Thank you, Ken!

CELEBRATING BRUNSWICK FARMS APARTMENTS

April 19th, 2016

More than 50 invited guests gathered on March 28 to celebrate the grand opening of Community Basics, Inc.’s (CBI) latest affordable housing community, Brunswick Farms Apartments. CBI Executive Director Ken Smith kicked off the brief program with a heartfelt thank you to Manor Township officials for their support of the project, and to the many partner organizations that made Brunswick Farms Apartments a reality. Special thanks to our speakers for their kind and inspiring words about the project, the partnerships, and the critical need for more affordable housing communities like Brunswick Farms Apartments:

- Brian Hudson, Executive Director & CEO, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

- Craig Lehman, Lancaster County Commissioner

- Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director, Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities

- Ray D’Agostino, Executive Director, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

- Tracy Fletcher, Vice President, Community Development Manager, Fulton Bank

TOM EISEMANN RETIRES

April 18th, 2016

On April 8, we closed an 11-year chapter in Community Basics’ history by saying goodbye and happy retirement to our director of development, Tom Eisemann. We wish Tom the very best and thank him for his many contributions to CBI over the years.

NOW LEASING NEW APARTMENTS!

November 20th, 2015

BRUNSWICK FARMS APARTMENTS – NOW OPEN

Community Basics’ latest affordable housing community, Brunswick Farms Apartments, is open and accepting rental applications. The apartment community includes 60 new, spacious, well-appointed two- and three-bedroom apartments in five buildings on a beautiful site in Manor Township (Penn Manor School District) with easy, convenient access to all services.

Located west of the Leisure Lanes bowling and golfing facility and within five miles of more than 50,000 jobs, the new community is on a bus route and is close to shopping and schools. An on-site management office, laundry facility, tot lot and community room are provided. Brunswick Farms features 44 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom apartments. Six apartments are wheelchair ready; two apartments are hearing/vision-impaired ready.  Six apartments are set-aside as permanent housing for homeless families.

To apply, call Community Basics at 717-735-9590, or click here.

MARIETTA SENIOR APARTMENTS WINS HOUSING SERVICES AWARD

July 14th, 2015

MARIETTA SENIOR APARTMENTS WINS PHFA “BEST PRACTICES” AWARD

At the PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) 2015 Housing Services Conference on June 11, 2015 Marietta Senior Apartments received a Best Practices award for the “Band Together” exercise program held in the community room.

For more: http://www.phfa.org/forms/best_practices/health/mariettatabor.pdf

BRUNSWICK FARMS APARTMENTS 50% COMPLETE

July 7th, 2015

Brunswick Farms Apartments is 50% complete. The spacious two and three bedroom apartments – in five buildings – will be ready for occupancy as early as December of 2015. Construction of the 60-unit apartment community began December 5, 2014.

Located west of the Leisure Lanes bowling and golfing facility, within a five-mile radius of over 58,000 jobs, the new community is on a bus route and is close to shopping, schools and all services. An on site management office, laundry facility, tot lot and community room will be provided.

Applications will be distributed in the near future, to add your name to the Interest List call Community Basics at 717-735-9590.

BRUNSWICK FARMS APARTMENTS BREAKS GROUND December 5, 2014

June 16th, 2014

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Brunswick Farms Apartments received financing on June 12th when the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded $1,131,452 in annual federal tax credits to the project. Seventy-five applicants from around the state competed for the scarce federal tax credits. Brunswick Farms Apartments was one of only 24 applicants that received the tax credits, which totaled $20.4 million.

Community Basics began construction of 60 apartments for low- and moderate-income families in Manor Township December 5, 2014 . The rental community will be located along South Donnerville Road, just south of Columbia Avenue. The spacious two and three bedroom apartments will be ready for occupancy as early as December of 2015.

Six units will house families experiencing homelessness, and eight others will house people with mobility disabilities. The remaining 46 units will be for families earning between $13,000 and $40,000. Monthly rents will range from $297 to $1,031 including utilities.

The complex, on 11 acres west of the Leisure Lanes bowling and golfing facility, is within a five-mile radius of over 58,000 jobs, is on a bus route and is close to shopping, schools and other services. An on site management office, laundry facility, tot lot and community room will be provided.

Fulton Bank is providing $10.4 million in equity in exchange for the tax credits. The financing plan also includes a $1.45 million loan from Fulton Bank, a $1 million loan from The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster and a $350,000 loan from nonprofit Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.

Lancaster-based construction firm Caldwell Heckles & Egan will be the contractor. The architect is Architectural Concepts. Land planning is being provided by ELA, headquartered in Lititz.

Community Basics Advances Sunnyside Plan

May 9th, 2014

Community Basics’ Sunnyside Tentative Plan approved unanimously by the Lancaster City Planning Commission.

For more details:

http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/sunnyside-up/article_684f66f0-7350-5752-8080-cf5c97f6905f.html

http://lancasteronline.com/lampeterstrasburg/news/sunnyside-peninsula-plan-a-step-closer-to-reality/article_1b52cc0c-d658-11e3-a16d-0017a43b2370.html