Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Complex adds a retirement-living option

October 10, 2001

The recent completion of the Pebblebrooke Garden Apartments complex offers senior residents of Basehor another alternative in retirement living.

The complex, now open and accepting tenants, was unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week.

Pebblebrooke is a 35-unit townhome-style apartment complex located on 155th Terrace and Holly Street in Basehor.

The complex will have an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Pebblebrooke owner John Bonee said the complex has several benefits for senior residents in addition to the maintenance that is provided to residents.

"It's a community of attached patio homes providing the privacy that people are accustomed to without the maintenance hassles of home ownership," Bonee said.

Each unit in the development offers approximately 750 square feet of living space and rents for $750 a month. Bonee said the rent includes water, maintenance, snow removal and lawn care.

The development also will feature a walking trail and pond with a center fountain.

"It will be quite a development," Bonee said.

Pebblebrooke is the second senior community in the city of Basehor but could soon be joined by a third.

Already located in the city and across the street from Pebblebrooke is Hickory Villa, a 12-unit complex.

City officials have recently had discussions with the Cohen-Esrey corporation regarding the construction of another senior center that would be located in the city.

There has been no formal action from the Basehor City Council concerning the development, although council members did send a letter of support on behalf of the proposed development to help obtain federal funding.

Whether the proposed senior center will locate in Basehor is not known at this time. Representatives from the company are looking into funding and land opportunities for the development.

Considering the possibility that the city could be home to three senior-housing centers, Bonee said he believes Basehor can support all three.

"It is my understanding that Hickory Villa and the new housing project that has been discussed are using government subsidies for low-income individuals," Bonee said. "Pebblebrooke is not government-subsidized in any way and isn't targeted for low-income seniors.

"Both types of housing meet a need in the community and I don't think we really compete for the same tenants."

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