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Ennis to get new apartments for seniors

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ENNIS - Life Rebuilders of Irving has applied for a tax credit from the state to assist seniors who live on a fixed income to afford quality housing.

A 76-unit community would be located on 14-acres at the northeast corner of Rudd and Blazek roads.

Barry Halla, the spokesperson for Life Rebuilders said, 'We have worked closely with the City of Ennis in the past on other projects and was given all the help we requested.

'We are happy to be developing in this area again.'

The new apartment community, Ennis Senior Estates, would be designed for seniors and was set to begin construction this spring.

Halla said this would be the first senior community in Ennis to receive a tax credit.

'We requested the tax credits to assist seniors with paying for housing without having the quality of housing go down because of cost.'

The highest cost was expected to be approximately $695, instead of the usual $800 to $1,200 cost per month currently.

Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton said the city had been looking for a community such as this for some time and this would be a positive impact on Ennis.

The development still needed to get an approval from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Austin, who meets in February, and address the certificate of convenience and necessity, or what is called a CCN, from the City of Rice.

Rice currently had the right to provide water service in the area the community would be built.

Howerton explained that the process is easy and Ennis won't have to get involved or spend any money until the developers have negotiated the CCN with Rice.

Life Rebuilders said it hoped to have some units available by the end of the year with construction beginning in early spring, if everything went according to plan.

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