CRESTVIEW — Though construction is ongoing, Saturday’s visitors will get a glimpse of Katie Manor’s many amenities, the affordable senior apartment complex manager said.

While the 102-unit complex won’t be ready for occupancy until the beginning of July, its many public rooms’ generous proportions and high ceilings are already apparent. Passing through the atrium lobby and into the sunken dining area and adjacent activity and game room, visitors will have views of what will be a community garden to the north and a screened-in porch overlooking the pool and deck to the south.

Donna Menchaca, Katie Manor’s onsite property manager, said with construction ahead of schedule, between 50 and 75 percent of the apartments are leased.

Several applications are pending approval, and all applicants must undergo criminal background checks, Mechaca said. Many charter residents are from out-of-state, she said, with couples from Colorado, California and Michigan who will soon be Crestview residents. “A majority of those have family here who want to move Mom and Dad closer,” Menchaca said.

Some one- and two-bedroom units feature enhanced doorbells and other audio alerts for the blind, and flashing lights for the deaf. For wheelchair users, some units have lower kitchen countertops. Each unit has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and a trash chute on each floor alleviates having to tote garbage through the building.

“They are starting to come together,” Summit Construction assistant site superintendent Dave Pierson said as crews laid wood-grain flooring in kitchens and tile in bathrooms.

The amenities are particularly attractive, Menchaca said. In addition to the pool, which features a wheelchair lift, community center, garden and porches, residents will find:

●A licensed beauty salon

●Community kitchen for group dinners and cooking contests. (“Some of our residents get pretty serious about our Crock Pot cook-offs,” Menchaca said.)

●Library with quiet reading lounge

●Fitness center

●Movie room

●Computer lab

●Dog park

●Outdoor grills

●Wi-Fi in common areas

●Card-access security

●Daily continental breakfast in the dining room

●Monthly activities and events

“We are on pace to be ready for July 1,” Summit Construction site superintendent Chuck Renner said.


ABOUT KATIE MANOR ●Units: 102 pet-friendly 1- and 2-bedroom apartments

●Rental: 1-bedroom, 611 square feet, $686; 2-bedroom, 895 square feet, $815

●Minimum resident age: 55

●Total size: 104,000 square feet

●Opening: July 1


Katie Manor Apartments, an affordable senior living complex, holds a hard hat construction tour 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30. Free guided tours, snacks and refreshments are available. Information: 639 Brookmeade Drive, 603-3559,