Vets housing project set to go

EAST VINCENT As Chester County and the rest of the country work to end veteran homelessness, a developer is to break ground next week on a long-awaited apartment complex for veterans in the county.

The project in East Vincent Township received $1.04 million in tax credits in May from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency after two years of rejection.

Mission First Housing Group, the Philadelphia-based developer of the project, expects construction on the 48-unit apartment building to take about a year.

The building is to house more than 50 veterans in one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and three-bedroom suites. The apartment complex is to include the restoration of the historic Whitehall Inn, which is to house a live-in superintendent and be a social space for residents.

"This is a long time coming," said Mark Deitcher, director of business development at Mission First. "It's our first project in Chester County and our first large-scale veterans project, so we're really excited." - Michaelle Bond