October 11, 2013

Liberty Tower Open House - 10-9-13 089On October 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M, the Washington County Commissioners joined Federal, State and local officials for a Dedication Ceremony and Open House for the newly renovated eight story, 104 unit Liberty Tower Highrise for the Elderly.  The facility is located at 520 Liberty Street in the Borough of California.

Liberty Tower originally opened in June, 1981.  It was developed by the Redevelopment Authority under the HUD Section 8 Elderly New Construction Program, which was administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

This $2 million renovation, which was completed this July, is the most extensive improvement project undertaken at Liberty Tower.  The project was designed by Gerard Associates Architects and constructed by Waller Corporation, Inc.  Funding was provided through the Federal Housing Administration 223(f) Loan Program administered by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Under the 223(f) Program, the loan is federally insured, which provides a non-recourse, fully amortized loan with an interest rate of 3.5% on a $2.6 million mortgage.

The renovation involved the following improvements:
– New roof, roof top HVAC equipment, and lightning protection system
– New sanitary sewer lines and water shut off valves in the entire facility
– New common area floor coverings, window treatments, painting, furniture, and acoustical tile ceilings on the 1st floor and all elevator lobbies (7 floors)
– Handicap accessibility upgrades in public restrooms
– Energy efficiency improvements throughout the entire facility such as weather stripping all windows and doors
– Sealing of all asphalt parking lots

The kitchen cabinets, ranges and refrigerators that were removed were donated to the Washington County Habitat for Humanity for resale in their Restore located on East Maiden Street in the City of Washington.  The Habitat for Humanity Restore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used items at a fraction of retail prices.  All proceeds are used to build homes through the Habitat Program. The donation of these items to Habitat reduced the project cost for disposal of these items and also greatly benefitted Habitat.

Residents of Liberty Tower must be 62 years of age or older or have a disability.  Incomes must not exceed $36,500 for an individual and $41,700 for two persons.  Rents, including all utilities except telephone and TV cable, are based on 30% of adjusted monthly income.

Anyone interested in applying for residency at Liberty Tower should contact the Site Office Manager at 724-938-3003.


Jim Hott, Housing Director
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington