Frederick County Council members unanimously approved a PILOT agreement at its meeting Tuesday to assist a senior affordable housing project in the city of Frederick.
The project, Catoctin View Apartments at 800 Motter Ave., is a renovation of the seven-story building to convert a 100-unit complex into 76 units. Milton Bailey, the county’s director of housing and community development, said before Tuesday’s meeting it is a modernization of the apartments and performing a “gut rehab” of the building.
Part of that is a $300,000 asbestos removal grant, which will come out of the local funds, Bailey said.
“The building is old, it needs to be rehabilitated. … Part of their plan of rehabilitation includes environmental reviews and whatever environmental remediation is needed,” he said, referring to Catoctin View Homes LLC and the work it needs to do under the PILOT, or payment-in-lieu-of-tax, agreement.
The units will be for residents 62 and older, and the maximum monthly rent is $682 per month, Bailey said. He added that under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines, residents would pay up to 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent.
Bailey and Angie Liddiard, director of economic development for the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, were part of a panel Tuesday that addressed council members about the PILOT. Councilman Steve McKay (R) asked about the building’s occupancy rate before it was vacated due to asbestos.
Liddiard said 95 units were filled, and that several decided to move elsewhere once they vacated the building. Not all of the 76 original residents will come back to fill the new units, but those who do will be given first priority when those are available, she added.
Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater (D) praised the project, adding there is an evident need for senior affordable housing in the city and elsewhere. She added the technical aspect of PILOTs between the city and county can be tricky.
“I know sometimes getting the city and county to work together on the PILOTs ... can be challenging, so thank you for that,” she said.