Dublin Villager


Residents moving into Dublin's new senior citizens housing


By the end of the month Dublin's newest senior citizens housing development will have 40 residents.

Avondale, a 100-unit senior living complex, opened to residents this year on Dublin's southwest side.

The development at 5215 Avery Road is part of National Church Residences and includes apartments for low-to median-income seniors, cottage-style buildings, a community center and adult day care center.

"The apartments are finished and all residents will be on site by the end of March," said Karen Twinem, vice president of communications for Upper Arlington-based National Church Residences.

The development offers one- and two-bedroom garden- and cottage-style apartments for seniors.

Some units are for residents ages 62 and older while others are for ages 55 and older.

Some units are also restricted to seniors making anywhere from 35 to 60 percent of the area median income.

According to a letter supplied to Dublin City Council during development hearings, apartments were set to range in price from $667 to $925 per month.

The development broke ground last summer and construction did take a little longer than anticipated.

"Construction did get a little behind schedule, but everyone will be moved in by March," Twinem said.

The community center is expected to open in late April or early May, Twinem said.

"We have 36 residents on site now and four more move-ins in January," she said. "That's a total of 40. When we're done there will be 99 residents."

Although senior housing in Dublin is lacking, Twinem said some units are still available.

"As of today we still have seven market-rate apartments to be rented," she said last week.

"Avondale will also have a center for senior health and an again-at-home medical practice."

A grand opening is planned, but Twinem said nothing has yet been scheduled.

National Church Residences is the largest nonprofit "developer and manager of affordable senior housing and services," according to its website.