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$6.25 million seniors housing complex under construction in Smyrna

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Construction continues on Smyrna Housing Authority’s new $6.25 million complex for senior housing known as Stewarts Creek Manor at 11263 Old Nashville Highway.

Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed led officials this past week during a groundbreaking/dedication ceremony of the 71-unit complex to serve seniors and handicapped individuals.

“Demand is causing the need for more public housing,” said Smyrna Housing Authority Executive Director Sean Lee. “And our studies indicate Smyrna’s elderly population will triple by 2033.”

Although named “Stewarts Creed Manor,” this project in effect doubles the capacity of the existing Sherwood Forest 70-unit complex, completed five years ago and located at the corner of Old Nashville Highway and Almaville Road.

“For all intents, existing Sherwood and Stewarts Creek Manor will be one complex,” Lee added.

Combined, the two complexes will have 141 single- and double-bedroom apartment units.

The location is termed “ideal.”

“Stewarts Creek Manor is ideally located near a grocery store, pharmacy and doctors at nearby StoneCrest Medical Center (hospital),” described Jack Raleigh, construction consultant and immediate past director of Smyrna Housing Authority. “This makes it convenient for senior citizens.”

Jobs and population growth in Rutherford County have triggered the need for expanded public housing for seniors, Lee and Raleigh agreed.

“Industries, such as Nissan and Bridgestone, bring in young couples for the job growth,” Raleigh confirmed. “That brings in their parents and grandparents to be closer to families.”

Lee estimated “the need outweighs the inventory” because of population growth that is expected to put Smyrna’s next population census in excess of 45,000 citizens.

“Job growth in addition to an increase in the aging population has added to the demand for senior housing,” Raleigh accounted. “When you take into consideration the explosive growth overall in Rutherford County, the need is apparent.”

“As a housing authority, we’re trying to get ahead of that growth curve,” Lee added.

Plans call for partial occupancy to begin this fall, ahead of the projected project completion date of February, 2015, Raleigh projected.

“We already have a waiting list of more than 90 people for Stewarts Creek Manor,” Lee confirmed. “Overall, at our four total locations in Smyrna, we have more than 300 people on waiting lists.”

In Sherwood and Stewarts Creek Manor, one bedroom units rent for $465 per month. Two bedroom units rent for $525. An individual senior cannot have an monthly income exceeding $2,235.

“And when this project is completed, due to growth in our senior population, I’m sure Mr. Lee and the Housing Authority’s board of directors will start planning for more housing,” Raleigh projected.

To apply, persons can call (615) 459-8866 or email at smyrnahousing@comcast.net, or mail at 701 Stan Circle, Smyrna, Tn., 37167.

The Smyrna Housing Authority began back in 1975 when a petition of citizens was filed with then Smyrna Town Clerk Mike Woods, seeking more sanitary and safe housing for low-income seniors.


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