Brightpoint and Keller Development, Inc. are co-developing the Slocum Pointe affordable housing community, which will be located at 2529 Curdes Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Slocum Pointe will consist of the adaptive reuse of the former Frances Slocum School into 27 apartments, with the new construction of an additional 16 apartments adjacent to the existing building. 35 apartments will be two-bedroom, and eight will be one-bedroom. 80% of the apartments will be reserved for people aged 55 or older, and 20% will be specifically reserved for individuals 18 or over with intellectual or developmental disabilities. All apartments will be reserved for households with incomes of 60% of the area median income or below, and all rents will be kept affordable so that no household pays more than one third of their monthly income toward their housing cost.
All of the apartments will include a full kitchen with oven, range, refrigerator, microwave, and garbage disposal. Each will have a washer and dryer. The entire development will meet the National Green Building Standard’s Silver rating for energy efficiency and water conservation. Both buildings will be served by elevators, and all units will be accessible and/or adaptable to meet the needs of those with physical disabilities. Common amenities will include an on-site leasing office, a private office for social service delivery, a multi-purpose community room with kitchen, a fitness room, a computer center, and a multimedia room. Outdoor amenities will include paved off-street parking, raised garden beds, and a wheelchair-accessible glider swing.
A referral agreement with Turnstone will ensure the disabled population has access to apartments, and Brightpoint, Turnstone, and New Generation Management will work to ensure appropriate services and referrals are available to tenants of varying needs. The development site was specifically chosen because of the amenities nearby such as healthcare, education, employment, retail, transportation, and recreational opportunities that will be of particular benefit to tenants.
Construction is estimated to begin in April of 2019 and be completed by April of 2020. Lease-up will begin immediately following construction completion.