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Officials break ground for senior-themed Murdoch Heights Apartments

A groundbreaking was held Friday for the new Murdoch Heights Apartments at 1602 Murdoch Ave. in Parkersburg. Pictured from left are Jill Parsons (Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce), Lindsey Piersol (Wood County Economic Development Authority), Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, Parkersburg City Councilperson Bob Mercer, Michelle Wilshere (WV Housing Development Fund), Steve Sadd, Kelly Goedel (Wood County Senior Citizens Association), Aric Margolis (Margolis Architects) and Chris Sadd. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Ground was recently broken for a new senior apartment complex in Parkersburg.

Local city, business and development leaders gathered Friday at the site of the new Murdoch Heights Apartments at 1602 Murdoch Ave. for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley as well as Mayor Tom Joyce of Parkersburg, Councilperson Bob Mercer, Lindsey Piersol with the Wood County Economic Development Authority, Wendy Shriver with Downtown PKB, Kelly Goedel with the Wood County Senior Citizens Association and developers Steve and Chris Sadd of Grant Street Commons with several members of their team and partners on the project were in attendance for the dedication of the 44,000-square-foot four-story senior apartment complex.

Chamber President Jill Parsons reminded those in attendance about some other milestones in history on Sept. 6 including the Mayflower departing England in 1620, Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk in 1899, the first Piggly Wiggly opened in Memphis, Tenn., in 1916, “The Brady Bunch” premieres on ABC in 1969 and Serena Williams won her third U.S. Open title in 2008.

“And today on Sept. 6, 2019, we make history again as we celebrate the ground breaking of a new senior housing complex on Murdoch Avenue,” Parsons said. “Does anyone know the origin of the name Murdoch? A quick Google search this morning (and assuming of course everything on the Internet is true) a gentleman named Allen Murdoch was the Mayor of Parkersburg in 1929, which may be the namesake/reason behind the name of the street we are on and the name of this new complex.”

The new Murdoch Heights Apartments at 1602 Murdoch Ave. in Parkersburg is being built through funding through the allocation of Housing Tax Credits by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, with investment services provided by Community Housing Affordable Equity Corporation (CAHEC) of Raleigh, N.C. Pictured are, from left, Michelle Wilshere, Wanda Childers and Cathy Colby with the WVHDF. (Photo Provided)

Funding for the project was made possible through the allocation of Housing Tax Credits by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF), with investment services provided by Community Housing Affordable Equity Corporation (CAHEC) of Raleigh, N.C. The architectural services are provided by Margolis Architects of Charleston along with design engineering by Allegheny Design of Morgantown.

The general contractor is City Construction Company Inc. of Clarksburg.

The 50-unit complex will offer a variety of options.

“Murdoch Heights will offer large, open-concept living spaces, apartments with ENERGY STAR appliances, including washers and dryers in units, and other amenities designed for elderly living,” said Chris Sadd, a partner in Grant Street Commons. “Its energy efficiency features will mean low monthly utility costs for all residents.”

Other features will include an elevator, exercise room, community spaces, ample on-site parking, and free washers and dryers in every apartment.

Steve Sadd highlighted the welcome he received from the city of Parkersburg during initial talks as his company explored coming to Parkersburg for a project.

“The city leadership was encouraging and very easy to work with as we took this project from idea to today’s ground breaking,” he said. “We intend to partner with local groups and organizations for support services that are important to seniors, such as health screenings, financial counseling, and nutrition support.”

This included the Wood County Senior Citizens Association.

The new complex in Parkersburg is tentatively set to open in June 2020.

Grant Street Commons currently has five community residential rental properties under construction across four cities in West Virginia.

Updates and additional information will be provided at www.MurdochHeightsApartments.com

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