Construction is complete at Switzer Senior Villas, a new affordable multifamily housing option for seniors ages 55 or better. The development brings new energy to the southeast corner of West 71st Street and Switzer Road in Merriam, Kansas at the site of the former West Antioch Elementary School, which closed in 2003. The apartments are affordable to households at 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Leading the design of Switzer Senior Villas was Rosemann & Associates, P.C., giving special attention to details specifically intended to create a unique, independent, maintenance-assisted lifestyle in an active neighborhood setting. Tenants choose from 10 total resident buildings and 45 overall units with 3 accessible apartments and 2 hearing and visually impaired units among a mix of well-appointed one- and two-bedroom floorplans for lease.
The newly developed step-free one-story villas deliver contemporary finish selections including vinyl plank flooring, beautiful kitchen cabinetry with ample storage space, 9-foot-tall ceilings, and front & rear patios. Design considerations such as countertop/cabinet and flooring transition color contrast and horn strobe alerts for smoke detection accommodate the needs of visually or hearing-impaired tenants to ensure a healthy and safe living environment.
The exterior material mix includes stone, cementitious horizontal lap and shaker style siding, architectural shingle and standing seam metal roof accents. Rosemann carefully collaborated with the civil engineering team to develop stepped building details to maintain beautiful plan layouts that accommodated the site grading challenges.
A full complement of living options at this pet-friendly community includes kitchens with dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, microwave, full size washer/dryer, and private patio. Common area amenities offer a 2,040 square foot clubhouse with community space, business center, fitness studio, and kitchen, as well as an outdoor bocce ball court. More than just a place to live, Switzer is also a walkable community with connectivity to nearby walking trails right outside the door.
Switzer Senior Villas project enlisted the services and expertise of owner/developer, ‘Switzer Senior Villas, L.P.’ aka Woodco, Inc.; general contractor, Woodco, Inc.; local Merriam subcontractor, 4Sight Construction; architect, Rosemann & Associates, P.C.; civil engineer, Engineering Solutions; and MEP engineers, PKMR Engineers, LLC.
This venture is made achievable through support from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation and low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC).