The public got a glimpse of the new Dunbar Heritage Apartments when the complex’s developer, Big Five Community Services Inc., sponsored an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon.


The apartments, which are located at 26 Burton St., will provide affordable, quality housing for low-income seniors. Big Five secured a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2009 to build the complex. HUD will subsidize residents’ rents, depending upon their ability to pay. Beth Parker, Big Five’s housing and community program director, said applicants must be 62 or older and meet federal income guidelines to live there. Residents’ rents will be no more than 30 percent of their incomes.


The public got a glimpse of the new Dunbar Heritage Apartments when the complex’s developer, Big Five Community Services Inc., sponsored an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

 

The apartments, which are located at 26 Burton St., will provide affordable, quality housing for low-income seniors. Big Five secured a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2009 to build the complex. HUD will subsidize residents’ rents, depending upon their ability to pay. Beth Parker, Big Five’s housing and community program director, said applicants must be 62 or older and meet federal income guidelines to live there. Residents’ rents will be no more than 30 percent of their incomes.

 

“We have been accepting applications for a while now,” Parker said. “We have about four units that haven’t been spoken for.”

 

The complex has 14 one-bedroom units and a small community room with laundry facilities and an office.

 

The apartments are designed so residents can live independently in an environment that provides support services such as cleaning, cooking and transportation. All apartments are within easy walking distance of the Dunbar Heritage Center, so residents will be able to participate in the center’s senior nutrition program. The complex is a non-smoking facility. Ardmore city commissioners voted in January to spend $8,500 to help pave the parking lot.

 

Except for a few finishing touches, such as fencing and laundry equipment, as well as approval of required final paperwork, the facility is ready for occupancy. Parker said she expects the first of the new residents to move in within the next few weeks. Former Department of Human Services employee Brenda Allen has been hired as the facility’s manager.

 

“There’s a great opportunity for a lot of good things to happen here,” she said. “I’m excited about it.”

 

Parker said Big Five would be willing to consider building additional apartment units should some of the neighboring property become available.

 

“It’s turned out so much better than I thought,” she said.

 

Those who are interested in applying to live at the complex can contact Allen at (580) 490-9047.