New housing for elderly and visually impaired residents proposed

LONDON: A new housing innovation is being sought to assist both the elderly and the visually impaired.

A new apartment building is set to open on the east side of Indianapolis and this one pays special attention not only to the elderly but to those who have visual impairments. Indianapolis-based real estate developer TWG will host a grand opening Thursday at its Line Lofts Apartments, an affordable senior living development. The $11 million development caters to elderly residents, but it also was built to serve people with visual challenges. TWG says there are 63, two-bedroom units and one fifth are reserved for people who struggle with their vision.

“This is an important project for Indianapolis, and we are honored to provide a space for aging members of our community to stay in the neighborhoods they have long called home, while adjusting to a more comfortable lifestyle,” said TWG Vice President of Tax Credit Development John Sullivan.

TWG partnered with local nonprofit Visually Impaired Preschool Services who provides ongoing early intervention services to Indiana’s youngest children with blindness/low vision.

Line Lofts will also serve as the new home a 6,000-square-foot resource center which will allow VIPS to provide a safe and accessible space for Indiana’s youngest children who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with TWG for this special project,” said Meredith Howell, regional director of VIPS in Indiana. “Not only will we be able to serve more children with blindness in need of our services, but we’ll be able to serve them better through the use of our new Simon and Estelle Knoble Family Resource Center.”

The apartment building includes specific features that will aid visually impaired residents, including oversized elevator buttons, tactile markings and dedicated ride sharing pickup spots.

Line Lofts, located on East Washington Street, sits next to the future Blue Line Rapid Transit corridor. TWG says it received low income housing tax credits from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.