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Rising rents can be challenging for everyone in the Washington region, but for seniors on a fixed income or nearing retirement, finding an affordable apartment near shops and services can be particularly difficult.

The Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) and the Donohoe Development Co. are finishing construction on the Bonifant at Silver Spring, an 11-story apartment building for active seniors age 62 and older.

The 149-unit building is a mixed-use, mixed-income building with 6,300 square feet of retail space on the first floor.

The Bonifant, at 929 Bonifant St., is next to the new Silver Spring Library and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, grocery stores, health services and farmers markets. The Silver Spring Metro station is three blocks from the building, and buses stop outside. A Purple Line light-rail station is planned to be adjacent to the building.

Building amenities include a community room, a cybercafe, a fitness center and an outdoor terrace. In addition, the Bonifant will have an on-site community relations coordinator to assist residents with a variety of services, including health care, transportation and shopping.

The building will have 10 studio, 119 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units. Ten of the apartments will be rented at market rates with no income restrictions; 15 are reserved for seniors with 30 percent of area median income (AMI), or $22,450 for a single-person household; 43 for seniors with 50 percent of AMI, or $37,750 for a single-person household; and 81 for seniors with 60 percent of AMI, or $45,400 for a single-person household. The community received 255 applications during the initial lottery period in November and continues to accept applications.

The first few floors of the Bonifant are scheduled to open for occupancy in late March. The entire building to be completed in June.

For income eligibility and rent rates, click here. For more information, visit www.TheBonifant.com.

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