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July 25, 2008

Affordable housing for elderly and physically disabled at Boodry Place

Searching for clean and affordable housing can be challenging for the elderly and the physically disabled. Frontier Housing is making the challenge achievable for many who would like to live in a new apartment complex. Boodry Place, located on West First Street next to Kentucky Bank, is not just another low-income housing apartment complex.

“It started out as an idea or a dream. She had been working on this project for five years and her dream became reality,” said Frontier Development Officer Wendy Puckett, referring to Stacey Epperson, Frontier president and the CEO.

Her daughter, who has physical disabilities due to diabetes, inspired Epperson’s dream to create housing with adequate space for wheelchairs and physical therapy for families with children who have physical disabilities and disabled senior citizens age 55 and older.

“Every unit is built on universal design codes and every unit is Energy Star rated,” Puckett said. “Amenities include wheelchair accessible appliances which is standard for all handicap facilities.”

Each apartment is built with enough space so occupants with wheelchairs can move around. Every apartment has kitchen cabinets that are built at a level where people who in wheelchairs can reach them. Waist level washers and dryers are installed in each apartment. Handrails are installed along the walls on every hallway in the building.

Boodry Place is not just a place where people eat, sleep and live but it is also a place where occupants can socialize and be a community. The facility offers an adult community room where residents can entertain guests and have get-togethers.

There also is a community room for children. There they can play and have room for physical therapy sessions. Both community rooms are furnished with couches, chairs and dinette sets as well as balconies with white wooden rocking chairs.

“As you can see, we are trying to draw everyone outside,” said Epperson. “Our goal is to have a multigenerational complex where we have lots of little grandmothers around being role models.”

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