An affordable housing development with units reserved for people with disabilities opened in Fishers on Friday.
The Pointe Sud Village Apartments at 11245 Lantern Road is a four story building with 62 one and two bedroom apartments.
Developer RealAmerica, from Indianapolis, said the development is the first of its kind in Indiana, with 25% of units reserved for people with disabilities. The company partners with four organizations to provide services to people with disabilities on the site: Janus Developmental Services, Outside the Box, Insights and Opportunities for Positive Growth. Janus will have an office on the first floor.
Officials said the project does not just tackle need affordable housing for people with disabilities, but generally in Fishers and Hamilton County. Middle- and low-income workers increasingly cannot find housing in the growing suburb, officials said.
“It’s a huge problem here and, really, everywhere,” said RealAmerica president and owner Ronda Shrewsbury. “With the tremendous increase in employment and population in Hamilton County over the past few years, there has been a shortage of affordable workforce housing for those who work and play in Fishers. “
The apartments will be rented out to people earning 30-80% of the area’s median income (MAI). In Fishers, that means single residents earn less than $ 45,000 per year. Rents will range from $ 356 to $ 1,090 for one bedroom and from $ 429 to $ 1,304 for two bedrooms.
The property and building will be accessible to people with disabilities, including raised and lowered garden beds, sidewalks around outdoor facilities, elevators and automatic doors at both ends of the building.
Twenty people moved in as city officials on Friday and the company hosted an official ribbon cutting, Shrewsbury said.
“We have been a strong advocate for people with disabilities and we know that housing is a serious shortage for these people,” Mayor Scott Fadness said in a press release.
The complex includes a fitness room, indoor play area, community room with kitchen, community garden, bike share program, computer center and dog park.
SouthPointe Village is the first of two planned affordable housing projects in Fishers. In February, Fishers City Council narrowly approved the construction of 11 low-income rental cabins in 141st Street and Cumberland Road, named Cumberland Cottages.