Homestead Senior Residences plans open house Friday

The extensive rehabilitation of the Homestead Senior Residences atrium building, 1500 E. Main St., Marion, is now complete,
A ribbon-cutting is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, with an open house continuing to 6 p.m. A second open house will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
Several of the new senior duplexes developed by Homestead at Victory Lane and Eisenhower also will be open for touring.
?The Atrium building has received total rehabilitation, including new kitchens, new heat and air, new baths, electrical and lighting upgrades with ceiling fans, as well as new carpet and paint,? said Tom Bishop, Homestead director.
Along with the other new equipment, the new community for all the seniors of Marion County.
The 20 senior apartments have several new floor plans?four two-bedroom units as well as one-bedroom units with several hundred more square feet.
?I think folks who have not seen the difference yet will be very pleasantly surprised,? said Terri Brad?shaw, Homestead?s director of property management.
?We?ve tried to add conveniences and amenities that will make this location a very pleasant place to call home,? Bradshaw added. ?We have managed the rehabilitation well enough that we are able to provide some rental incentives for new tenants with free rent through the year-end to eligible senior households.?
The atrium building was originally built in 1987 and was known as September Apartments until the Homestead purchase in November 2013.
One-bedroom units start at $280 a month. Tenants need to be senior households, 55 years of age or older, and meet the income guidelines of the Kansas Housing Resources Corpora?tion Housing Tax Credit Program.
Homestead?s development of 20 two-bedroom duplex units at Victory Lane and Eisenhower continues to proceed on schedule. Three buildings?six units?will be completed by the end of August with all apartments completed by Dec. 1.
Rents at the Homestead Duplex community are $435 for the 1,034-square-foot two-bedroom units. Each has a one-car garage, safe room and quality Energy Star appliances, including a laundry with full size washers and dryers.
The new units are well-insulated to meet Energy Star standards and will be economical, according to Bishop. The duplex community has its own activity building, with amenities for the residents.
Homestead Affordable Housing Inc., a non-profit, community housing development organization, was founded in 1998 and has developed nearly 400 units of senior housing in eight communities.

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