Construction started on Oak Ridge seniors housing

October 24, 2013
By The Associated Press 

Posted Oct. 24, 2013 @ 7:02 pm 

A new three-story apartment complex for very low-income seniors age 62 and older is taking shape and should be completed by May, developer Anne Dunthorn said.

Called Dogwood Manor Apartments, the high-profile project is on a small tract behind Linda Brown Realty, 1666 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

The undertaking is financed by a federal HUD grant totaling $3.1 million.

Funding includes all development costs, including land acquisition, building design, construction and furniture for the building’s public areas, Dunthorn said.

“I knew we had a need here,” said Dunthorn, who for years has been involved in scores of similar projects throughout Tennessee and in Ohio and Kentucky.
The building will have 23 one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom unit for the facility’s on-site manager.

All of the apartments will be rated for handicapped visitation, Dunthorn said, and one unit will be outfitted for vision- or hearing-impaired tenants.

It’s a nonprofit project sponsored by the Cumberland Regional Development Corp.

Dunthorn said residents would pay a maximum of 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities.

It’s subsidized housing intended for the elderly with income ranging from nothing to very low, she said. HUD “puts in the rest to break even” on its operation, she said.

Dunthorn, who described herself as “an advocate for elderly housing in Oak Ridge,” said J&S Construction of Cookeville is building Dogwood Manor Apartments.

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