WEST CARTHAGE Grandview Courts, the newest of the three units that comprise the West Carthage Housing Authority, has been providing senior citizen housing for 25 years.
To mark the anniversary, the Broad Street facility hosted an open house Tuesday, serving cake and punch and offering tours and drawings for door prizes.
The 24-apartment unit is in a country setting within the village. The facility includes a lounge, community room, outdoor patio and laundry facilities.
All one- and two-bedroom apartments are carpeted, with the exception of baths and kitchens.
The secure building has a phone system to buzz visitors in, an on-site generator and emergency call devices for aid in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
Its hard to believe its been 25 years since we opened our doors at the Grandview Courts project and welcomed our first tenants into their new home, said Nancy A. Fargo, WCHA executive director. Our goal then was, and still is 25 years later, to make our housing a place our tenants are proud to call home.
Gwen Brockway is the only original tenant still living at Grandview Courts.
I love it ... its the only place to live. After 25 years Ive seen a lot. I enjoy the people and everyone is nice, she said, noting that the housing authority executive director and housing manager Sarah Millard are so nice.
Our staff is the best, she added. They really look after us and help us in solving our problems.
A native of Utah, Mrs. Brockway moved to the Carthage area in 1945 after her husbands stint in the service and lived on Franklin Street before moving to Grandview Courts.
She said there is much offered for entertainment at Grandview, with weekly bingo nights, card games, tai chi, monthly birthday dinners, holiday parties and an annual picnic.
Tenant association president Mary Jarvis will celebrate 20 years of living at Grandview Courts in October.
I love it here, she said. Its great living here, very relaxing and you dont worry about anything. You just need to take care of yourself and your little apartment. Its comforting at nighttime to know other people are around you. We have a good group of people and look after each other.
A newcomer to the unit, but not to WCHA, Doris Stevens has lived at Grandview for five months. Previously, she lived at West Side Terrace then moved to Watertown for a time before returning to West Carthage.
She said she was pleased to have gotten back into the housing authority unit without having to wait long.
Next year, West Side Terrace will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Dalton Estates was built 27 years ago.
To qualify for housing in any of the three units, applicants must be 62 years of age or older or be handicapped. To apply for housing or for more information, contact Mrs. Fargo at 493-3581.