On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved financing for the Southern Pines II housing project, located in Lusby, MD. The project will provide 66 multi-family units (56 one bedroom and 11 two bedroom) for low income senior and disabled individuals in Southern Calvert County. Southern Pines II will be built on the property adjacent to Southern Pines I and the Southern Community Center, which houses a Senior Center and the Southern Calvert Park and Recreation office and facilities. Additionally, this location with its close proximity to the Lusby Town Center, offers activities, dinning, shopping, and services for residents.
The Southern Pines II project has been a full partnership effort between the Board of County Commissioners of Calvert County, the Housing Authority of Calvert County, the Office on Aging, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Former Delegate Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert/St. Mary’s) orchestrated the blending of these agencies to create this much needed housing complex. Last month, Gerald “Jerry” Clark was sworn in as Delegate, replacing O’Donnell who was recently appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Delegate Jerry Clark (R-Calvert/St. Mary’s) says that he “plans to support this effort and see it through to completion.”
Affordable housing is a pressing need in Southern Calvert. Currently, there are over 500 individuals on the waitlist for senior and disabled housing units in the area. The development of Southern Pines II will be a public-private partnership between the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCH) and the Osprey Property Company. The DHCD will provide a $2.5 million loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing projects that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income.