A $16 million housing community officially opened its doors to offer safe, affordable apartments for Hoosier senior citizens.
Although nearly all of the residents have already moved into Lafayette Landing at Kessler, the ribbon cutting made it official.
Juanita Rodriguez and her daughter said they have struggled to find a comfortable place to live, but with rent starting at just under $300 a month, she's able to pay her bills on time and afford her medicine.
"I'm able to provide clothing and school supplies for my daughter. Even something as simple as a birthday card for my mom, I worry less," Rodriguez said. "As a resident, it gives me a sense of well-being and hope. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
The 72-unit building has amenities including a plush theatre for movie nights and a game room where residents can mingle.
The building replaces the once vacant Ayr-Way strip mall, considered an eyesore by some people in the community.
"The area was beginning to go down because stores and things had closed up. When they built (these apartments) it brought it right back up. I was just tickled that I was able to get in," resident Barbara Martindale said.
Developers said they have enough land for a second building, and they say demand has been so high, they may begin building phase two in the next couple of years.
Lafayette Landing at Kessler was financed with federal, state and city funds set aside for low-income housing.