May 2, 2018 – NEWARK DE – Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D. Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, rededicated the Marydale Retirement Village, an affordable senior rental com-munity, 135 Jeandell Drive, Newark, DE, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The rededication marks the completion of the comprehensive campus renovation of the senior housing community.
The rededication is one activity celebrating May as Older Americans Month. For 55 years, the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging has observed Older Americans Month, recognizing older adults and the people who serve them as vital parts of our communi-ties. The rededication of Marydale reaffirms the community’s mission to support and enhance the lives of seniors in the community.
Marydale, sponsored by Catholic Ministry to the Elderly, originally opened in the spring of 1981, with Bishop Thomas J. Mardaga, Sixth Bishop of the Diocese, presiding over the grand opening celebration.
In keeping with its purpose to provide safe, affordable, independent living for seniors, Catholic Ministry to the Elderly sought to undertake a full modernization and renovation of Marydale. Catholic Charities, Inc., serves as the administrator of Marydale.
Catholic Ministry to the Elderly partnered with Leon N. Weiner & Associates (LNWA) of Wilming-ton; a nationally recognized homebuilder and developer of affordable housing, to rehabilitate the facility. LNWA was also the original developer and construction manager of the community.
The complex consists of 108 one-bedroom, garden-style apartments attractively arranged in a series of nine (9) courtyards for seniors who qualify as low-income. The property receives rental assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and eligible residents pay no more than 30% of their adjusted income for rent.
The complex received exterior upgrades to resident buildings, including Energy Star windows and exterior doors and Energy Star exterior light fixtures, new roofs, gutters, downspouts, siding and shutters, and accessible entry porches to designated handicap units. Interior resident unit upgrades included Energy Star heat pumps, Energy Star kitchen appliances, and Energy Star hot water heaters, as well as new kitchen cabinets, countertops, low flow/energy saving bath-room fixtures, bathroom grab bars, interior doors, flooring, and a sprinkler fire suppression sys-tem.
The community building, conveniently located to the housing units, also underwent extensive modernization and remodeling.
Outside, the community now boasts new accessible paths from all handicap units, new accessi-ble trash enclosures, and landscape upgrades and drainage improvements.
The project was made feasible through a complex financing transaction involving financing from the DSHA, New Castle County, Citizens Bank, and Cinnaire.