Apartment complex targeting seniors will be ready in a year

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

A new apartment complex for seniors in Suffolk should be open for occupancy in about a year.

Earl M. Ferguson, of Artcraft Development, the company developing The Commons at Center Brooke, told a Suffolk Rotary Club audience recently that he anticipates high demand for the rental units based on Suffolk’s fast growth.

The Commons at Center Brooke will be located near the Route 58/Godwin Boulevard intersection in a development that will include a Wendy’s and Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant, an Amoco gas station/convenience store, and 15,000 square feet of commercial space called The Shops at Center Brooke.

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Earth has been moving on the project for several months.

Ferguson said the apartment complex will cater to &uot;active, independent-living seniors age 55 and older.&uot; He said it will include a courtyard, a fitness center, computer center, community room, library and walking trails.

The more than 900-square-foot units will include two bathrooms and two bedrooms and current plans call for rents to be between the high-$800s and mid-$900s a month.

Artcraft Development operates five similar complexes in the area including Newport News, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.