As one of the most popular destination retirement communities in the country, Henderson is grappling to find ways to accommodate the needs of the burgeoning demographic.
Last year, the city — which counts more than half of its population as 45 years old or older — opened the new Heritage Park senior center, located at the intersection of Burkholder and Racetrack roads.
While the nearly 30,000-square-foot center provides programming for as many as 350 seniors a day, there is still a growing demand for affordable senior housing in Henderson, officials said.
This week, city officials lauded the groundbreaking of two senior housing complexes, located two miles apart off Boulder Highway. Both are scheduled to open in about a year.
Rising from the rubble of the former senior center at 27 E. Texas Ave. is Pacific Pines 4, the fourth senior apartment building being constructed by the nonprofit group Nevada H.A.N.D. on 1.2 acres of city property.
Developers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new four-story building, which will house 62 one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as a 6,400-square-foot senior center on the ground floor.
Currently, the few-hundred residents living in the Pacific Pines apartments had to take a bus to get to the Heritage Park senior center. The smaller on-premise center will make that no longer necessary, said Kim Becker, communication and marketing supervisor for Henderson’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“We saw a need for recreation and social activity that’s affordable and accessible to everyone,” Becker said. “(The new center) will be a great place for seniors to come.”
On Thursday, city officials broke ground on College Villas, a 226-unit, tax-credit senior apartment complex being developed by the nonprofit Retirement Housing Foundation and local real estate firm First Federal Realty DeSimone.
The project — at 511 College Drive on five acres of land owned by State Sen. Mike Schneider — will have 214 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments with ceiling fans, a full kitchen, and washer and dryer. Tentatively, rents will be between $550 and $600 a month, developers said.
The complex will also provide senior residents with a community room, common kitchen, swimming pool, crafts room and a library.
Funding for the project was provided by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Nevada Housing Division, a Clark County HOME Loan, a city of Henderson HOME Loan, PNC Real Estate and Wells Fargo Bank.
College Villas is the first senior community Retirement Housing Foundation is building in Nevada. The national nonprofit operates 163 communities serving 17,000 seniors across the country.
“I hope this will be the first of many additional communities in Nevada,” said RHF President and CEO Laverne Joseph. “We’re in this for the long haul.”
Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen was at both groundbreaking ceremonies this week and lauded the public-private partnerships to build more senior housing in Henderson.
“(Affordable housing) is especially important in this economy, when we know our community, especially our seniors, are facing financial difficulties,” he said, adding the projects will “enhance the vibrancy of our entire community.”