Archive for Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Construction to start soon on housing development

May 4, 2005

Cheryl Coonrod is excited about work toward a new Tonganoxie housing development for low-income senior citizens.

Coonrod is project manager for Cohen Esrey Development, Kansas City, Mo., the developer for Tonganoxie Sundance Apartments.

Sundance is expected to open by the end of this year, Coonrod said.

Coonrod has worked on multifamily projects, as well as senior housing, and it's the senior housing projects she most enjoys.

The senior citizens, who must be 55 or older to live there, seem to appreciate the housing projects and the turnover is less, Coonrod said.

She noted that in Sedgwick, where in 2001 Cohen Esrey Development opened a housing development that is similar to plans for the Tonganoxie Sundance, residents are from various professions and include former teachers and firefighters.

"You just feel like you're serving people that have served in positions that maybe didn't pay as well as some others, so it's kind of exciting," Coonrod said.

The Tonganoxie project will include 24 units in fourplexes and duplexes. The development will be located at the north end of Tonganoxie's Stone Creek development. It will be accessible from U.S. Highway 24-40, as well as from Laming Road.

Each of the 24 two-bedroom rental units will be on one level. And, Coonrod said, every unit will have its own attached garage, complete with safe rooms where residents can take cover during storms.

The development will include a community building with a dining and gathering area for family parties or other get-togethers.

Coonrod said plans were still being finalized and more would be known later about the cost of the rent.

"Everybody pays the same rent," Coonrod said. "But you must qualify for the units."

There has been a lot of interest voiced in the Tonganoxie project, Coonrod said.

"The last number I heard was that we had 18 potential residents," Coonrod said.

Coonrod said she hopes residents will feel as if they're part of their own community.

For instance, she said, at the Sedgwick development, residents look out for one another.

Coonrod's hoping construction will begin soon. The Tonganoxie city planning commission will review Sundance's replat Thursday, and the next step will be approval by the city council, which could occur this month.

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