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Ground Broken on New Senior Apartment Complex to Meet Growing Need

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Rochester: Ground Broken on New Senior Apartment Complex to Meet Growing Need
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A new housing project will bring 60 new senior apartments to Henrietta by June 2013. Sheen Housing held its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for Calkins Corners. As aging baby boomers near retirement, there's an increasing demand for senior housing.

Jean Cain has her eye on a new senior apartment.

"I love Henrietta, I've been here all my married life, I'm used to it, I want to stay here," she said.

Like many other seniors who attended Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony, Jean is looking to trade in a home that no longer fits her needs,

"I just want to be on one floor because of the stairs."

All while maintaining the freedom of independent living.

"You have the freedom to come and go, I still drive my own car, so it's nice."

Sheen Housing, a non-profit foundation, is constructing a 60-unit apartment building for independent seniors. It will include 48 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedrooms, and an easily accessible community and laundry room.

"There's actually a substantial need in Henrietta for this type of housing," said Patrick Cusato, Sheen board member.

It's a need shared not only by seniors, but the children who worry about their safety.

"She fell down the stairs about a year ago and no one was there, and it took a while for her to be able to call me. We do worry about her so we want her around other people," said Linda Diamond, Henrietta.

The housing project, led by Henrietta based LeChase Construction, will offer subsidized rates.

"These units will rent from $570 and up and really dependent upon the income level of the senior," said Cusato.

With 150 seniors already on the waiting list, the units are going to fill up fast. Calkins Corners is located right behind the Wegmans Plaza, providing seniors with the accessibility and freedom to live and shop on their own.

"I'd rather be in my own place," Cain said.

The blueprint alone was enough to get Jean on the wait list. Since losing her husband, Jean has embraced the independent life and prefers not to live with her children.

"I wouldn't want to intrude, they have their own life but I don't mind being alone."

But developers say with the close-knit design of this project, she will be in good company.

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