After more than a year since its ground breaking, The Village at Mill Creek in Millbrook, Alabama, is now a completed reality. The 56-unit senior housing development broke ground in October of 2016. But with record-setting rains that the area had not seen in nearly 100 years construction often stalled, pushing back the grand opening a few weeks.
The Village at Mill Creek features 56 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units with income-based rents for qualifying seniors ages 55 and older. The grand opening event was held on Tuesday, December 5th inside the 770 square foot Community Building and welcomed more than 50 local officials, community leaders, NeighborWorks America representatives and Partnership employees.
Partnership CEO Michael Tubbs welcomed guests by acknowledging the partnerships that made the development possible and the benefits to the small community in Elmore County, Alabama. Tubbs noted that the final construction reveals a “homey, roomy and well-laid out” project. Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley remarked, “From the very start I knew it was going to be a quality project. And now we are inviting you to be a part of our community.”
Alabama House of Representative for District 88 Paul Beckman re-emphasized the importance of forming partnerships to create affordable housing in the area. Beckman said, “Things like this would not be possible without a team effort.” Beckman introduced Developer Fred Bennett of The Bennett Group who shared his philosophy about housing development. “If the mayor is supportive, move forward. If not, shake the dust from your boots and move on.”
Of the 56 units available, all 20 units in Building One are leased. The remaining 36 units in Building Two will be leased after the flooring installation is complete. Future resident Louise Taylor, who currently lives in a senior housing development in Millbrook, said she learned of the development from an employee at a local retailer. She completed the application and sent it in. She received notification that her application was approved while she was on vacation. Once she is moved in to her unit, what Ms. Taylor is looking forward to the most is taking advantage of the picnic area with the barbecue grills and the adequate parking for both residents and guests.