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The variance to build 66 units of supportive housing at 80-97 Cypress Ave. passed CB5 almost unanimously.

More details have emerged about the affordable housing facility for seniors coming to Glendale after the permits for the project have been filed through the Department of Buildings (DOB).

The permits filed on Aug. 3 reveal that the structure to be built at 80-97 Cypress Ave. will rise to 57 feet tall with 45,420 square feet of residential space. The six-story building will contain the previously reported 66 living units as well as a parking lot with 19 spaces, records show.

The basement of the building will include a community room and lounge, an office, a laundry room and a bicycle room for up to five bicycles. The ground floor will house the building’s central office, another community room and four apartments. The second through fourth floors will each contain 14 apartments, while the fifth and sixth floors will contain 10 apartments each.

The architect for the project is Urban Architectural Initiatives, which has been responsible for several supportive housing buildings throughout the city.

City records also show that the owner of the property, the WellLife Network, was released from a funding agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in February. The agreement dates back to 2004 when the non-profit originally began building on the site.

When reached over the phone on Aug. 6, Willie Scott, vice president of public affairs for WellLife Network, confirmed that the first version of the project nearly 15 years ago was federally funded. When construction problems arose and halted the project, the agreement eventually came to an end, Scott said.

While funding for the current version of the project has not yet been secured, Scott said the non-profit is considering state funding.

Once completed, the Cypress Avenue facility will become affordable housing for senior citizens age 55 and older, according to Scott.

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