(04/16/2007)
Thirty-eight apartments in a new housing complex in Ritchie County are expected to be fully occupied later this year.

Developers of the site, North Bend Apartments, call the 38-unit site the first major affordable housing project in at least 20 years in Ritchie County.

Karen Holmes of Pison Development, a company that helped build the apartment complex in Harrisville, says it's needed housing. "In that area of the state, there's hardly any housing."

Holmes says the people who work in a couple of area plants need a place to live within a reasonable distance of the place where they work.

Pison Development worked with the Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation to build the apartments with the help of grant money administered through United Bank.

Part of the funding came from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, a federal program aimed at developing affordable housing.

There are one, two and three bedroom apartments with a group of apartments reserved for people with handicaps.


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