Senior center to get new neighbors

R.D. Conyers watches progress on a new construction project adjacent to the Stillaguamish Senior Center. -
R.D. Conyers watches progress on a new construction project adjacent to the Stillaguamish Senior Center.
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ARLINGTON — A resident of the Stillaguamish Senior Center for several years, R.D. Conyers has been watching a new development on the narrow strip of land that formerly housed low-income seniors.

New townhouses for seniors are being built by Himalaya Homes, but they won’t be low cost.

“We sold that property,” said Karen Kay, program director at the center.

The senior center had used an old 1930s motel for its first round of low-cost housing for seniors when it was first established in the 1960s. The old motel was demolished over a month ago, Conyers said.

“The apartments of the old motel were really uninhabitable,” Kay said.

So they sold that strip of land.

The senior center has developed about 150 units in four buildings behind the activity center, where many different services are available for seniors.

The new construction will include 60 units of market rate townhouses for residents 55 and older.

“They are putting in water lines and sewer lines in preparation of the new townhouses,” Kay explained.

The senior center has a waiting list for its low-income units.

Anyone interested in the low-income units should stop by and submit an application form, Kay said.

Conyers moved to the Stilly senior center from Olympia.

“My son lives in Marysville,” he said. “At first I wasn’t happy here because I missed all my old friends and neighbors.” But his son convinced him that he couldn’t go back.

“It’s not that I couldn’t go back,” he said. “But it would never be the same.”

Now he is enjoying the development project next door.

“It is very interesting to see how it all comes together.”

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