Friends and supporters of Lutheran Senior Services gathered Wednesday, Oct. 13, to break ground on a new mixed income senior housing community in Affton, Missouri. Managed by LSS’ Affordable Housing program, The Village at Mackenzie Place will bring 90 senior living apartments to the Affton area. Here, dignitaries including St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and LSS President John Kotovsky turn over the first shovelful.
This new kind of community, which will serve a range of different income levels, is a major change for LSS Affordable Housing, which previously operated only HUD 202 communities for seniors with fewer economic resources.
Overseen by Altman Charter Company, the $14 million construction project will renovate a historic former high school building built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. Earlier this month, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
“Thank you for joining us in this celebration of new beginnings,” Susan Hutchinson, LSS’ executive director of Affordable Housing, told the crowd. “Here, we are creating a service-enriched environment that will truly be a Village—a community of friends and neighbors.”
Pictured dignitaries who took part in the groundbreaking included: Mr. Richard Bagy, First National Bank; Mr. Carl Concellor, Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate; Mr. Michael Kressig, Sabino and Associates; Mr, Mark Schoedel, LSS; Mrs. Susan Hutchinson, LSS; Ms. Joan Edleson, Affton Chamber of Commerce; Mr. John Kotvosky, LSS; Honorable Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County; Mr. John Wuest, St. Louis Equity Fund; Mr. David Mastin, St. Louis Design Alliance; Mr. Jeff Pass, Stolar Partnership; Mr. Phil Beermann, Affton High School; and Mr. John Alessi, Altman Charter.