CHURUBUSCO — In the first months after opening for residency, Kyler Ridge apartments are almost fully rented.

Construction on the 35-unit apartment building began in early in 2018 and wrapped up this April. The apartments are located on Pleasant and Mulberry streets.

“The town of Churubusco was instrumental in helping us make this development a reality,” Greg Majewski, project development specialist for Keller Development, said. “We experienced immense support from the town, neighbors and local businesses within the community, and for that we are incredibly thankful. So far, demand for apartments has been tremendous, with only a few units still available.”

Keller Development received a tax abatement for the project from the Churubusco Town Council in March of 2016. The $186,000 abatement was granted to help the development obtain the funding needed to complete the project, according to minutes from the meeting.

Kyler Ridge is a two-story building and is designed for seniors aged 55 or older. There were 31 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units built into the design. The two-bedroom unit total 928 square feet and the one-bedroom apartments total 772 square feet. All units are accessible and/or adjustable to accommodate residents with special needs. An elevator is on-site.

Each apartment includes a full kitchen with oven, range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and garbage disposal, a full bathroom and a washer and dryer.

Majewski said the decision to build Kyler Ridge in Churubusco was partly because of Keller Development’s familiarity with the town and as a way to help meet some of the town’s goals as outlined in the comprehensive plan.

“Being located on the northwest side of Fort Wayne, Keller Development is very familiar with Churubusco, and two of our owners live in the area,” he explained. “We also believed that a development like this would help fulfill several goals stated in the Churubusco comprehensive plan such as emphasizing development inside of the existing town, providing an affordable housing option to residents, and providing housing specifically to the senior population.”

Funded through Indiana’s Rental Housing Tax Credit program, securing a place at Kyler Ridge means the proposed tenant must meet economic guidelines. Prospective Whitley County resident must earn no more than 60 percent of the county’s median income.

“Rent rates are set to be affordable so that tenants pay no more than one third of their monthly income toward the cost of housing, but there is no rental assistance or any other type of subsidy provided by the program,” Majewski said. “In addition to not exceeding the income requirement, all tenants must demonstrate the ability to pay the rent rate as well as pass a variety of background checks.”

There is another distinction that sets Kyler Ridge apart from other apartments in the area. It is National Green Building Standard Emerald certified, which Majewski said is the highest designation offered. The emerald standard includes utilizing construction and building techniques and features that focus on energy and water efficiency, resource utilization, lot development, operation and maintenance and air quality.

This certification is a measure approved by the American National Standards Institute. It applies to the construction of residential building, including single-family homes and apartment buildings.

“(Following these standards) helps tenants keep utility costs low and makes all apartments energy efficient,” he said.

Residents can also enjoy a variety of common-use spaces, such as a community room with a kitchen, a theater room, a fitness center, computer room and library, a fenced outdoor pet area and raised community garden beds.

“The property also maintains relationships with local organizations to assist tenants with programs and services related to health and wellness, education, social activities, financial assistance and a variety of others,” Majewski said.

Keller Development, founded in 1957, is a family-owned company. Those familial ties are responsible for Churubusco’s new apartments’ name.

“All of the projects that we develop and own are named after Keller family members. Kyler is the grandson of Dawn Gallaway, who is Keller Development’s president and one of the current third-generation of company owners,” Majewski said.

Those interested in leasing an apartment can call 260-286-1195 or email kylerridge@newgenmgnt.com.

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