By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
the new Trenton apartment complex designed to provide attractive and affordable
housing for residents 55 and older, is set to open by the end of the month, and
site manager Mechele Berry wants the Dade community to know there are still
got some to fill but they’ve got to get in there,” she said.
one-bedrooms are taken, says Ms. Berry, but roughly half of the 48 two-bedroom
units can still be had, and she encourages all interested parties to come on
down and get the application process started.
Pointe is a “tax credit” property that offers deeply discounted rents to
income-restricted tenants, and is thus managed under federal HUD (Housing and
Urban Development) guidelines, the stack of required paperwork may look a bit
daunting at first, but Ms. Berry say not to worry. She’s there to help and:
“When you start in on it, it’s really not that bad.”
Ms. Berry is
currently taking Lookout Pointe applications from temporary headquarters at
Trenton’s Auburn Ridge apartment complex, which is owned by the same investor
and managed by the same management company. Lookout Pointe is on Highway 11,
just south of downtown Trenton. Auburn
Ridge is off Highway 136 East at the base of Lookout Mountain. The telephone
number for both, until Lookout Pointe opens officially, is (706) 657-8343.
Auburn Ridge is
a general apartment community that accepts residents of all ages, including
families with children. Lookout Pointe is geared more toward – well, Ms. Berry
hates to call them “seniors,” since the minimum age is only 55 – but in any
case, mature people without young children.
have other people living with them, said Ms. Berry, but the rule is that the
head of household must be at least 55 and any “roommates” – whether children or
otherwise – must be at least 18. Ms. Berry said no families with adult children
had so far applied though she was receiving applications from married couples
as well as single people.
said, applicants have been all over the board. “We’ve got a big span,” said Ms.
Barry. “We’ve got people from 55 to 95.”
properties are privately owned and constructed, but investors who build them
receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits for providing quality housing to people
who need it. “We’re not necessarily income-restricted but you can’t make over a
certain limit,” said Ms. Berry.
For a single
person, she said, the upward income limit at Lookout Pointe is $24,360 per
year. A tenant who qualifies under that limit pays a monthly rent of $335 for a
one-bedroom apartment or just $15 more, $350 a month, for a two-bedroom
With the two
bedrooms, tenants also get two baths, says Ms. Berry, and 1,078 square feet as
opposed to 762; but many older residents simply don’t want to keep up with that
extra space and there is already a waiting list for the one-bedrooms.
is meant for independent adults and is by no means an assisted-living facility,
but the apartments were designed to accommodate an aging population. “Every
unit has pull-bars in the bathrooms,” said Ms. Berry. “There’s fire-outs over
the stove, so if something were to catch on fire, they immediately come on and
put it out. We’ve got handicapped units with roll-in showers.”
Also, there are
elevators to the second story in each building and catwalks that join the top
floors of all, so a resident can walk from one to another without going up and
don’t come with clothes washers and dryers but there are hookups available in each
unit as well as community laundries for those who don’t wish to purchase their
community clubhouse boasts an exercise room, library and computer room with
wi-fi and three computers. “We’ll have events there every month, and I’m
actually looking for someone to come in and do morning stretches with them,”
said Ms. Berry.
communal events will include bingo, luaus, blood-pressure checks, “something
going on all the time” – but all purely optional, she added, if tenants are the
type who prefer to be left alone.
And here’s one
perk unusual for apartment dwelling that may attract prospective tenants who
don’t prefer to be left entirely alone: “They can have animals, dogs or cats,
30 pounds or less, has to have its shots, spayed or neutered,” said Ms.
Just clean up
after them, she added.
Ms. Berry said
completion of the complex, originally slated for occupancy by spring, then late
summer, continued to be delayed in past months by 2013’s heavy rains, which put
paving behind schedule.
close,” she said. “The apartments are ready. The appliances are in, they’re
painted, they’re ready to go. Now it’s just the cosmetics and just little
things, and for the architect to say, OK, let ‘em in.”
But she was unable to give a grand opening
date just yet.