New housing option for those with disabilitiesHave you noticed the new apartment complex being built along 34th Avenue near the Viking Plaza Mall?
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
Have you noticed the new apartment complex being built along 34th Avenue near the Viking Plaza Mall?
Would you like to learn more about the new facility, which is an Accessible Space Inc. housing project?
The new Nordic Meadow Apartments is designed for “very low-income” adults who are physically and/or developmentally disabled.
The public is invited to learn more about Nordic Meadow Apartments at a preview opening celebration planned for next Tuesday, November 16. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria.
There will be a complimentary sandwich buffet, which is being provided by the sponsor, Charlie Meyer, who owns and operates Broadway Ballroom, Fat Daddy’s and Garden Center Lanes.
Interested parties are asked to RSVP by November 14 by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Accessible Space Inc. (ASI) and the Nordic Meadow Community Funding Group will host the event. The members of the funding group are Bob and Barb Friederichs, Dave and Carol Dittberner, Gwen and Todd Schroeder and Donna Chan.
Barb Friederichs said the apartment complex is set to open around the first of next year. So far, there are 23 applicants for the 15 units that are in the building, she said, noting that a waiting list has been started.
Currently, Friederichs said the “biggest push” is to acquire funding to have on-site services 24/7 for the residents. The services could be anything from help with laundry to writing bills or preparing meals and personal care.
“It’s the support they [the residents] need to be as independent as possible,” said Friederichs. “Most of the residents will need some type of assistance for their day-to-day living.”
The meeting next week is being held to share information with residents in the community about ways they can help, said Friederichs. For instance, she said residents will learn about a new club that is being developed to help raise funds. Club 34, once it gets going, will be turned over to the residents, who will be in charge of it and keep it going.
Friederichs stressed that she, along with the funding group, invites everyone to the informational meeting so that they can learn more about Nordic Meadow Apartments.
WHAT IS ASI?
ASI is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide accessible, affordable, assisted, supportive and independent living opportunities for persons with physical disabilities and brain injuries, as well as seniors. The group was started back in 1978 and now is a nationwide organization with more than 100 buildings in 27 states.