A new apartment community designed specifically for seniors is set to begin construction in the spring.

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. The 76-unit community will be located on a 14-acre tract of land at the NE corner of Rudd and Blazek roads.

Barry Halla, a spokesman for Life Rebuilders said the organization is very excited about the project and has always been well received in their past development endeavors.

“While working on past development projects Creekside Terrace apartments and Grace townhouses, we worked closely with the city of Ennis and were given any assistance that was needed. It is fortunate for us to be able to develop in this area again,” Halla said.

The development, called Ennis Senior Estates, will be the first senior community in Ennis to receive a tax credit allocation from the state. “We requested the tax credits to assist seniors in paying for housing without having to pay less for quality housing. The highest rent will run approximately $695, as opposed to between $800 - $1,200 a month,” said Halla. The amount of rent paid is calculated based on the median income for the area. To be eligible for the housing, the expected income for a family of one must range between $23,300 and 27,900 and for a family of two, the range is between $26,600 and 31,920.

He went on to explain that the tax credits allocated by the state are very competitive and that he is pleased Ennis is able to take advantage of such programs.

Ennis city manager, Steve Howerton said that the development is one that the city has been looking at for a while and that could positively impact Ennis.

“We have been following this project for three years,” said Howerton. “The development will certainly meet a real need for apartment housing for seniors. It is a multi-phased, residential development that has the potential to be a large project with a big impact on the residents.”

The development needs to get approval from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in Austin when they meet in early February before it proceeds with construction.

The only other issue that needs to be addressed is to obtain a certificate of convenience and necessity or a CCN, from the city of Rice, who presently has the rights to provide water service to the area the development, will be built in. Howerton explains that the process is easily handled and that the city of Ennis won’t have to get involved or spend any money until the developers have negotiated the CCN with Rice. “The developers will pay Rice to acquire the CCN and extend the utilities to the area of development and will also incur the cost of installation and set up. After that, the city of Ennis will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of that area.”

With construction set to begin in early spring, Life Rebuilders hopes to have some units available for tenants by the end of this year.

The units will be structured as one story - four plexes giving the development a residential appeal. In addition, the development will feature a nine-foot interior design, making the units “stately Texan”, according to Halla.