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Lexington apartment complex to be turned into affordable living community for seniors


Trent Senior Village in the River Hills neighborhood of Lexington will provide 54 affordable living apartments for seniors. (Rendering provided)


Staff report

An existing apartment complex on Trent Boulevard in the River Hills neighborhood of Lexington will be turned into 54 affordable living senior apartments.

Trent Senior Village, when completed in 2016, will consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments with a full array of amenities and support services for residents. It is being developed as a partnership between Episcopal Retirement Homes of Cincinnati, the Model Group of Ohio, Fielder Group Architects of Lexington and the Bluegrass Area Development District and will be funded with Kentucky Housing Corp. housing tax credits.

Prior to finalizing the redevelopment of the property, Bluegrass Area Development District officials consulted with representatives from the neighborhood to discuss the best use of the property. It then solicited and received several offers and, through an objective evaluation and review process, selected a proposal from Tom Fielder of Fielder Group Architects. Working with Episcopal Retirement Homes and The Model Group, the team set out not only to give seniors an affordable, safe, comfortable and fun place to live, but also to improve the neighborhood.

“The River Hills neighborhood and the city of Lexington were supportive from the start and we have a real sense of partnership and feel that we all want to do the right thing for the community,” said Jay Kittenbrink, director of development for affordable living for Episcopal Retirement Homes. “If we don’t have the support of our neighbors, we don’t think it will be a good fit and we move on.”

Once completed, ERH will take over the management. Many of its affordable living communities include services and amenities such as chaplaincy services, security systems, social services, transportation for grocery shopping, fitness equipment, social events, on-site laundry and more.

ERH plans to use most of the existing buildings but provide exterior renovations to house the apartments and add parking capacity. The plans call for 40 one-bedroom apartments and 14 two-bedroom apartments. Plans also include high-efficiency Energy Star heat pumps and insulated buildings as well as water-saving fixtures. The large community building will include offices and community gathering spaces.

“The residents of the 8th Council District were looking for a group to come in and establish a partnership with both the neighborhood and our greater Lexington community that would ensure the final development of this property would enhance and possibly create other opportunities for the area,” said Lexington 8th District Council member George G. Myers.  “If you gave me a blank canvas and told me I could do anything I wanted to do with this property I could not have come up with a better proposal… .  We are very excited to welcome this partnership to the community.”

“We thank the city of Lexington for their support and we thank the Bluegrass Area Development District for their confidence in us,” said Kathy Ison-Lind, VP of affordable housing for ERH. “This project will be a win for everyone in the community at a site that has a bit of a troubled past.”

Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2015 with the grand opening sometime in 2016.

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