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Phase two of the Churchill Senior Living development on Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown could break ground soon, if all final agreements are met between the developer, Oakwood Properties, and the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Phase one of the apartment building opened in November 2001 with all affordable housing units. Phase two will be an extension of the development with 133 additional units, of which 121 will be affordable housing. A draft of the plan for the six-story addition is available on Churchill’s website.

Once construction begins, the project will take about a year to a year and a half to complete, according to Churchill Senior Living Director Matthew Parreco.

Of the total 133 units in phase two, 116 will be reserved for households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median, and five units restricted to those with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income. Twelve units will be rented at market rate. The apartments include 30 units with one bedroom and one bathroom, 79 with two bedrooms and one bathroom and 24 with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The building will be constructed to facilitate senior needs.

The project is being funded through a series of county loans, tax-exempt bonds and tax credits. Oakwood Properties, which also owns the land, is putting $3.4 million into the project.

The plan is still under review by the county Department of Housing and Community Affairs, according to Division of Housing Chief Jay Greene. A decision on whether the plans will move forward is expected by the end next week.