Ribbon-cutting for new apartments in Bloomsburg

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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Many people are still recovering from Wednesday’s rainfall and some regions are still affected by floods in the past like a new housing project in Columbia County that was created to help those displaced by a flood more than 10 years ago.

Located at the site of the old Bloomsburg mill, the Silk Mill Apartments in Columbia County have been a long time coming. The flooding in 2011 left several residents without a home, so the Community Strategies Group got to work on a housing project.

“We had the building completed over a year ago, just about the time COVID started. Folks moved in throughout the next year but we just haven’t been able to get together and celebrate,” said Executive Director of The Communities Strategies Group Rich Kisner.

They did celebrate at the official ribbon-cutting with food and music. The project was funded through several grants, the PA Housing Finance Authority and local officials who say it’s important to have affordable and reliable housing.

“These are flood-resilient areas because you know they basically built some protection from the river. So it is wonderful and this is a beautiful addition to the community. The 64-unit building is home to many seniors who say they love downsizing and low maintenance,” said Pennsylvania State Treasurer Stacy Garrity

“We really enjoy living here. It’s quiet, we don’t have to worry about a thing, everything is taken care of,” said resident Milton Lopez-Delgado

Another resident had a home in the area that had issues with flooding and says this is a great alternative

“By the third street gate, but the frigate there and we lived there for a number of years and we got flooded out. So now I don’t have to mow the grass, I don’t have to shovel snow,” said resident Alvin Fetterman.

Others were skeptical about downsizing but say they enjoy the sense of the community in the building.

“We love it and we’re very happy here. We have wonderful neighbors, we’ve gotten to know a lot of people and they’ve been very kind to us so we’re just thankful,” said resident Jerry Anderson.

Community Strategies Group says their next project will be another apartment building in the space next door to Silk Mills.

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