New senior living apartments expected to help Belle Plaine’s housing situation –

BELLE PLAINE, Iowa (KWWL) – A building that was ready for demolition is welcoming people back in as a new apartment complex.

The Oaks apartment building is on the east side of Belle Plaine and is meant for older residents. 

The building was run down for about the last 10 years. 

“It was in very bad shape before. This building was in very bad shape,” Belle Plaine City Administrator Stephen Beck said.

The former nursing home was full of trash and nearly destroyed on the inside.

Developers took over the property about a year ago and invested over $1 million to turn it into The Oaks.

“Folks that are looking for transitional housing and ready to give up the lawn mowing and the snow pushing and all the fun of owning a house,” D&D Real Estate President Dave Tallet said.

The 55 and older community living space is a first for Belle Plaine. Its meant for those looking to get out of their homes and make a lifestyle change.

“It’s really important that those people have the opportunity to come into a place like this where they can downsize and where it is a safe location. It’s super secure here,” Belle Plaine Community Development Director Rachel Montgomery said.

Cameras and a security system keep the building doors locked, and an on-site manager will be available. The apartment complex is located across the street from a city park, and right next door to a nursing home, making it a convenient spot for transitioning to assisted living.

About 25 one and two-bedroom apartments open up the housing opportunities in the city as well.

“We have less than one percent vacancy so there isn’t really any apartments to move into here so this project was really critical to the growth of belle plain,” Beck said.

The additional units assist with keeping residents in the city, opening up homes to welcome in new families to the area.

President of D&D Real Estate Dave Tallet says a few applications have come in for the apartments, and quite a few others have expressed interest. 

Anyone interested in submitting an application can do so by calling 319-444-7024 or by visiting the D&D Real Estate website.