Jan Gedda is excited about the prospects of moving into The Cottages at Cathedral Square under construction in the shadows of the Cathedral of St. Peter in downtown Belleville.
“I like it because it’s right near church. It’s very attractive,” said Gedda, a 79-year-old Belleville resident who plans to apply to live there. “I love it downtown. I love that I can keep my car. It’s just very, very nice.”
Gedda and about 60 others attended a meeting to learn more about the $8 million housing development Thursday morning when rental rates were released to the public for the first time.
All of the 32 units are for low-income residents who are 62 and older. Monthly rates range from $322 to $853, according to David Ritter of Resident Management Services Inc. Ritter met with potential residents at the McCormick Center, which is adjacent to the new housing development.
Gedda described the rates as “reasonable.”
Gene Kish, a 65-year-old Swansea resident and Cathedral parish member, said the housing complex “is going to be nice” for people who meet the income guidelines but there are too many regulations to follow for him or his 88-year-old mother Florence Kish, also of Swansea. “They want to know every single penny that you got,” Gene Kish said. “If you don’t want government in your business, this is not the place for you.”
Ritter said residents must meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development income guidelines to live in this complex. The maximum annual income ranges from $14,790 for some units to $42,180 for four persons in a two-bedroom unit.
Ritter said the “official” waiting list starts Tuesday when he begins accepting applications. Previously, about 60 people had expressed interest in living in the complex.
You can drop off applications to Ritter at his office at the senior citizen apartment complex at Touchette Regional Hospital at 5880 Bond Ave. in Centreville or you can mail them in. He can be reached at 618-337-6471. Applicants need to provide several documents, including their past two years of tax returns, three current consecutive months of pay stubs if employed, birth certificate, pension letter if receiving a pension and six months of bank statements for their checking account.
The complex borders South First, South Second, West Harrison and West Garfield streets and has been under construction since late October.
The Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation and Touchette Regional Hospital, a controlled affiliate of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, are developing the Cottages. The Cathedral parish was the original owner but has since sold its interest in the development.
Neil Kiesel, spokesman for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, said the project is funded primarily by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, tax credits and grants. It is expected to be finished in September.
In the two-story building, there are 13 one-bedroom units and three two-bedroom units. In the one-story cottages, there are 13 two-bedroom units and three one-bedroom units. Amenities include a fitness room, barber shop and multipurpose room. The units are all-electric with individually controlled heating and cooling, range, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
At a glance
▪ All of the 32 units at the Cottages at Cathedral are for low-income residents who are 62 and older.
▪ Monthly rates range from $322 to $853.
▪ Applications will be accepted beginning Tuesday.