The new Peyton Manor Apartments are set to start taking applications for tenants beginning next week.
The apartments are located at 460 Peyton Road in Lebanon and are considered low-income housing for the elderly.
Qualifications for application state tenants must be 62 years old or older and meet certain income limits.
The income limit for one person is $22,350 and for two people is $28,750. This income is before any deductions are taken out.
Ken Mabery, Housing Director for the Cumberland Regional Development Corporation, said this is the biggest development they had taken on yet.
“We usually have around 20 apartments, our largest has been 23, but this one is 34 so it’s the biggest we’ve handled,” Mabery said. “It’s still overwhelming everyday when I pull up and see that third story, because that’s new to us, too, but it’s business as usual.”
The complex would have 34 separate apartments that could take singles or couples, so Mabery said they were looking at as many as 68 tenants.
Each apartment is about 550-square-feet and one bedroom, which includes a living room, full size bathroom, bedroom and kitchen.
Appliances included are a refrigerator, stove/oven and dishwasher. Each apartment would have it’s own heating and cooling unit. The tenants would bring their own furniture.
Rent for the apartments would be based on 30 percent of the tenants income and would include electricity, water and trash pickup from the building. The tenant would be in charge of their telephone and cable utilities.
The complex is also set to have a laundry room for tenants use, a community room, a crafts room, a library, a sunroom to have meals in and a gazebo outside in the back.
Mabery said he thought the multiple common rooms were a good idea.
“We want these tenants out socializing, we’re even thinking about putting a billiards table in one of the community rooms,” Mabery said.
Mabery said the complex would also feature an elevator to go between the three floors and tenants would be allowed to have pets within a 30-pound limit.
An onsite manager would also live at the complex to oversee residents.
Mayor Philip Craighead said the complex, which received funds from the Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program, was considered one of the best proposals in the nation.
“The state stopped funding HUD 202, so this is the very last project like this in Tennessee,” Craighead said.
Ward Two Councilor Fred Burton said he was happy the apartments fell in his district.
“I’m really glad to see them here,” Burton said.
Craighead also said the complex would not be possible without help from the Peyton Road Church of Christ.
“I want to thank Patrick Johnson and the church because they gave part of their property to make this happen,” Craighead said. “The community really came together for this.”
Mabery said the collaboration between the community and city to make this project happen was unlike anything he’d ever seen.
“So much had to happen to get this project done,” Mabery said. “I had no idea this kind of need for this was needed here.”
Mabery said the complex should be ready to move into in about 60 days.