Janet L. Witkin Center featured in Beverly Press

While a handful of projects were denied [redevelopment funding], a $2.5 million loan for the Janet L. Witkin Center at 937 Fairfax Ave. was approved. The center, created by Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA), will offer 17 units of affordable housing, with six units tagged for people with special needs.

David Grunwald, ALA’s president and CEO, said proposed center is a lead platinum design project that serves all levels of frailty. He said it is scheduled to break ground in two to three weeks, with the hope of opening in late 2013 or early 2014.

“It’ll become, probably, a national case study and a future model for seniors,” Grunwald said.

He said it is a legacy project to honor the late Janet Witkin, a local philanthropist who had dedicated much of her life to improving the quality of life of area seniors. Grunwald said the center will also offer some services, such as roommate matching and programs for seniors, and praised the city for lobbying for the redevelopment funding on its behalf.

“It actually went off without a hitch,” he said. “We are so glad that the Witkin Center project will be built. It’s a great project.”

Exerpt from original article by Aaron Blevins, 1/10/2013. Click here for the full article.