An Omaha nonprofit organization proposes to build a 24-unit apartment complex at 72nd Street and Ames Avenue, primarily for people with developmental disabilities.
Sheltering Tree Inc. will have a public meeting on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Benson Library, 6015 Binney St. The organization will also accept written comment at the meeting or by mail sent to Shirley McNally, 1323 William St., Omaha, NE 68108.
The low-income apartments would be built on vacant land owned by the Servants of Mary, near Marian High School. Adults with developmental disabilities would have priority for renting the apartments, said McNally, founder and president of Sheltering Tree. There would be two apartments for resident managers, and two for assistant managers.
McNally said one person would live in each 650-square-foot apartment. She does not foresee the residents' having cars. Sheltering Tree and other agencies would provide services to the residents, including job coaching and life skills classes.
She said there is a shortage of housing of any type, and especially independent living, for adults with developmental disabilities.
Sheltering Tree is building a similar development, with 10 apartments, at 1903 Gregg Road in Bellevue, across the street from Stella's Bar & Grill.