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South Hill nursing home being converted to affordable housing units

Community Frameworks Inc., a nonprofit housing development agency, is converting a the former nursing home at 424 W. Seventh Ave. into 29 apartments primarily for modest-income residents.

The building, originally known as the Garden Terrace Manor, was built in the 1950s. It’s been vacant for several years. (Photo above from Google Maps.)

Community Frameworks, with offices in Spokane and Bremerton, will use roughly $3 million for the project which will convert the 26,000 square foot building, said Max Benson, senior housing developer for the agency. The money comes from a construction loan and grants from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department, Washington state and the City of Spokane, said the agency’s Max Benson.

The result will be 21 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom units. It’s expected to be completed this year, and open for residents by winter 2013, Benson said. Spokane Housing Ventures will manage the building once finished.

Community Frameworks purchased the abandoned building earlier this year for roughly $1.4 million.

Clark General Contractors, of Spokane, is the general contractor on the project. Cortner Architectural Company, of Spokane, designed the building’s interior. Don Neraas was the original architect for the building, Benson said.

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