More than three dozen seniors didn't want to wait for the grand opening of the just-completed 12th and River Senior Apartments, south of downtown Boise. They have already moved in.
"We already have residents filling 38 of our 53 units," Nicole Nelson, area director for Mercy Housing Northwest told Citydesk.
Nelson joined dozens of community leaders, federal officials, bankers, builders and architects to witness this morning's ribbon-cutting at the $12 million complex, the first new affordable housing senior citizen development in more than two years in the Boise area.
For income-eligible residents, rents can run as low as $547 per month or 30 percent of adjusted income.
"This is the way these type of projects ought to look like," said Mayor Bieter. "I want to bring developers here and say, 'Take a look at this.' We would love to be a part of many more projects like this."
General contractor Scott Hedrick said since his company broke ground in July 2011, his company had some good days and some tough days."
"It always rained on those days when we didn't want it to rain, but we stayed on schedule," said Hedrick. "Our other major construction project is with Ada County. We're building them a prison. I think you'll have some nicer residents here."
Ruth Russell, 89, who lives at another Mercy Housing development in Eagle, said she and her fellow seniors served as makeshift consultants to architects on what features the 12th and River complex should have, including an exercise room, arts-and-crafts room, salon and library.
"And they have walk-in showers," said Russell, pumping a
fish fist in the air. "Yeah!"