New retirement complex opens

De Neveu Creek Retirement Community fills 24 units prior to open house
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Note: this story appeared in the Fond du Lac Reporter, article by Sharon Roznik.
A new 24-unit senior citizen housing development overlooking Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac already is fully occupied.
The complex - De Neveu Creek Retirement Community, located on a nine-acre parcel along Winnebago Drive - is the product of a partnership between Fond du Lac Lutheran Home and Heartland Properties Inc., an Alliant Energy Company.
The $1.8 million building project was created to offer affordable housing to the growing number of elderly residents living in and around Fond du Lac.
"We already have a long list of people waiting to get in," said Mari Beth Borek, executive director of Fond du Lac Lutheran Home. "The need was there."
Fully furnished one- and two-bedroom model units were available for public viewing during an open house on Sunday.
The apartment tours were held in conjunction with Fond du Lac Lutheran Home's grand opening and open house celebration.
Construction of De Neveu Creek Retirement Community began in November after Fond du Lac Lutheran Home purchased a nine-acre site across the street from the Lakeside Park and marina area.
William Seno, owner of Seno Companies, was instrumental in negotiating an option for the site and approaching Fond du Lac Lutheran Home with the idea of developing the property for elderly housing.
Seno will bow out of his limited partnership by the end of the month, Borek said.
Design II Architects Limited of Fond du Lac designed the layout plans for two one-story buildings. Northcentral Construction Corporation of Fond du Lac was general contractor for the project.
The main building is centered around a 2,000-square-foot community space, featuring commercial kitchen facilities, a large sitting area, computer desk and patio.
Sixteen one-bedroom units each offer 625 square feet of living space, including a kitchen, living room, full bath and large storage area.
The building utilizes shared laundry facilities.
Directly across the street are eight two-bedroom units with individual entrances, pantries and washer-dryer hookups.
The four end units include an attached garage. Additional garages are available for rent.
"Residents at De Neveu Creek will be offered many opportunities to remain active and continue a healthy lifestyle," Borek said.
Classes are being scheduled for residents, including computer and Internet courses. Bus tours and group events also are being planned.
Russell Kaney, director of housing investments for Heartland Properties Inc. (An Alliant Energy company) pointed out that the design provides an open living concept with abundant green space.
"There are 24 units spread out on five acres," he said.
A walking trail is planned on the landscaped grounds.
"One of the residents suggested we put in a putting green," Borek said.
A retention pond will occupy a piece of the property that has been deeded to the city.
Prices for the units range from $255 to $575 per month, depending on unit size and location.
Because of partial funding from the Federal Housing Tax Credit, income restrictions for residency apply. An individual over 55 years of age is eligible for residency if his or her income does not exceed $20,700. A couple can make up to $23,640.
"We're trying to keep rents below market value," Kaney said.
A two-bedroom apartment of the same quality and style in Fond du Lac would rent for around $800 a month, Borek said.
Zoning regulations allow a maximum of 32 units to be built on the property, and Kaney said plans could include another eight-unit building.
"There's the possibility of housing assisted living or an Alzheimer's facility," Kaney said. "That will be up to the Lutheran Home."
Borek said they also are reviewing the need for more senior citizen housing that doesn't have income restrictions.
"We've had many inquiries from people who may not qualify for low-income housing," she said. "Our goal with the rest of the property will be based on what the community needs."

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