Groundbreaking ceremonies happened for the new elderly complex named "Princeton Towers" Thursday, Feb. 15, 1978.
Leon Ginsberg, State Welfare Commissioner described the 120-unit complex as, "a significant contribution to the needs of the elderly." Ginsberg, filling in for an ailing Governor Jay Rockefeller, gave the keynote address to open the groundbreaking ceremonies that dedicated the $3.2 million apartment units. Ginsberg also said that, "Princeton Towers will free up other housing, contributing to the general housing pool in the area as well."
With a grant from the state to correct drainage problems at the site, the units were expected to be filled by April 1979.The eight-story sky-rise was part of 900 federally assisted units under construction since January of 1977. The Towers were one several other state projects aimed at the aging population of West Virginia that included: an increase to $1million to the Commission on Aging fund; an allocation of $1.3 million in federal revenue sharing funds for 13 senior centers in the state; utility rate relief for seniors in the state; and an enactment of a generic drug program for the elderly.
Seventeen percent of Mercer County's population at the time was over 60.
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