New apartments in Henrietta cater to seniors

New apartments in Henrietta cater to seniors

HENRIETTA, TX (KAUZ) - The city of Henrietta is continuing its growth. More apartments are in the works for the city.

Last week, developers approved a lot behind the pecan shed to build new apartments for seniors 55 and older that have a low or fixed income.

This is a $5 million project that is coming from tax credits. People in the city are excited, and city officials said it's all about the growth to Henrietta.

Margaret Brock moved to Henrietta three years ago and lives in an apartment. She said one of the things she likes about living there are the perks.

"You get older," said Brock.  "I love to work flowers and stuff and I have a flower bed but where we live we have maintenance. They take care of the yard, the mowing, the weed eating, and all of that."

In a couple of years, there will be a new place for seniors to live in Henrietta. In March, developers started the process of applying for a piece of land behind the Pecan Shed.

That proposal has been approved, so now the project can get moving. Another new apartment complex is almost finished along U.S. 287, but
one city official said that complex is not a good fit for the older population.

"It was a multi story," said Rick Langford, Economic Development Director for the City of Henrietta. "It was three stories tall with stairs and no elevator. That's not going to work very (well) for our seniors."

The one story complex is being built by the same company that built Pioneers Crossing in Burkburnett. It will be complete with 49 rooms, and each room will have handicap accessibility.

News of the complex has already started spreading across Henrietta.

"It would be nice because people are elderly here," said Marjorie Vaughn, who has lived in Henrietta for 9 years. "I think it would just give the city something else."

Langford said this is just another effort to show people that the city of Henrietta is open for business.

"The growth has been a 20-year project," said Langford. "We just now have everything in place to start growing where people can start seeing what's happening,"

Langford hopes once the apartments open, it will free up homes in Henrietta that will allow younger families to move in to create growth in the community.

The city plans to break ground sometime in 2018 and house residents by 2020.

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