Business Beat: New housing for senior citizens coming to Pineville

Humanities Foundation, based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is developing the $6.6 million project along with commercial real estate developer James Doran Co.

Construction is expected to take about 11 months.

"It does fill a niche here in our community," said Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields.

"We are thrilled to break ground on Arbor Hill," said Shane Doran, vice president of public relations for Humanities Foundation. "The city of Pineville has been great to work with, and we look forward to a successful development."

The 56-unit development will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments within one elevator-served building. The units are for residents 55 or older and are income-restricted.

Amenities include washer and dryer hookups in each unit, common areas with a central kitchen for entertaining, a gazebo and a nature preserve.

Fields noted the complex's proximity to Main Street can boost business in downtown and provide residents with convenient access to fill many of their needs.

"The senior center is only two blocks away, which is advantageous," he said. "Dollar General will be there (a location is under construction on Main Street). It gives them an opportunity to take care of their everyday business on Main Street. And the road improvements on Shamrock Street will be right in front of this complex. It's like a puzzle coming together."

Founded in 1992, Humanities Foundation has developed nearly 1,400 units of affordable housing in South Carolina and Virginia. This is its first Louisiana project.

Anyone interested in becoming a resident or an employee of Arbor Hill can call (843) 353-0771 and ask for Erin.