Council OKs development order for Goodwill apartments

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council approved a development order allowing the construction to proceed on a 15-unit apartment complex for disabled residents.

The apartments are being built by Goodwill Industries — Big Bend and will be wheelchair accessible, and the project was introduced to the council back in March.

The 15-unit complex planned for Chipley will be located behind the Washington Square plaza on Main Street.

One unit will be occupied by the building manager, and there will be four two-bedroom apartments and 10 one-bedroom apartments.

The complex is expected to cost $1.4 million to build and should be ready for occupancy sometime next summer, Goodwill officials have said.

The housing is being built with federal funds, and the rent will be prorated based on the resident’s income, she said. The facilities will be completely wheelchair accessible, including the laundry room and community room.

The facility will be called the GIBB Chipley Village. Similar villages exist in Florida in Tallahasse, Panama City Beach, Marianna, Perry and Springfield. Goodwill also has villages in Georgia in Thomasville, Bainbridge and Cairo.

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