United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation (UNCDC), the nonprofit housing and economic development subsidiary of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC), broke ground on a new housing community at 185 Fallbrook St. in Carbondale earlier this month. The project, which will make use of the former Carbondale General Hospital building and grounds, will provide 36 apartments and townhomes with 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units available as well as indoor and outdoor community space for social and intergenerational programming.
“The nature and scope of this project is monumental when it comes to solidifying the West Side of Carbondale,” said Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor,. “The West Side has always been a solid residential community with strong values and a commitment to individual properties, so to take an under-utilized property and convert it to affordable housing is the icing on the cake for this side of town.”
The 10.2-acre property will include a "walkway to wellness" with an outdoor walking path and community garden. UNC will relocate its existing Carbondale Active Older Adult Community Center to a large community room in the former hospital and create a SMART Wing (Support, Movement, Arts, Recreation and Technology) which will provide multi-purpose community areas. Six apartments equipped for the elderly will be located in the former hospital. All other homes will be new construction with several units equipped for people with disabilities
From left: Marty Fotta, vice president of community development, UNC; Maureen Brennan, board member, UNCDC; Michele Bannon, city clerk, city of Carbondale, and president, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce; John Gorel, executive director, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce; James Spencer, children’s services and intersystems director, Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium; Tyler Kohut, grandson of Joseph P. Connor; Joseph P. Connor, council member, city of Carbondale; Rose Broderick, UNCDC and UNC; state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski; Lisa Durkin, president and CEO of UNC; state Sen. John Blake; Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor; Christine Tocki-Mulvey, director of commerce and economic development, city of Carbondale; and Ralph Melone, project architect.