A second building may be considered at a recently-completed apartment project in Tioga County.

The Tioga County apartments are designed for people over the age of 55. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Residents started moving into the Owego Gardens complex in the Village of Owego a few weeks ago.

There are 62 apartments in the $12.5 million facility located on a site overlooking the Susquehanna River. The project received state funding in the aftermath of the 2011 flood that destroyed many Tioga County homes.

About 25 people now are living in the complex and more are planning to get settled into their apartments in the next few weeks.

One of the those who was among the first to move to Owego Garden said he was surprised when he received a call in December informing him that an apartment was available. He said he didn't expect to be able to live there because so many people had submitted applications.

Tioga County legislature chair Martha Sauerbrey said she is hoping that a similar project will be developed at the site. She said several challenges would need to be addressed to make such an expansion possible.

Sauerbrey said there is interest in the possibility of building another 62-unit complex.

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