BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– The Lotus Village Senior Living Community is a $25 million dollar neighborhood comprised of 116 low to moderate-income rental homes designed to support the needs of seniors.

The community’s headquarters are located in a new 25,000 square foot building equipped with a 10,000 square foot kitchen.

Nestled between Spanish Town Road and Memorial Stadium on Gracie Street in Mid-City Baton Rouge, Lotus Village offers each of its seniors a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment home that features storm-rated windows, central HVAC systems and new appliances.

In hopes of providing accessible resources to seniors, The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging became a driving force behind the establishment of Lotus Village.

“The Council on Aging said, ‘We want to build housing that is resilient for our seniors,'” said Joshua Hollins of Louisiana’s Housing Corporation.

According to EBRCA, nearly $36 million dollars went into the neighborhood’s development.

The apartments, which range from 700 to 759 square feet, will become homes for seniors 60 and older. Unit prices range from $725 to $825.

Many residents and local officials agree that the new development will have a positive effect on the area.

“This is a neighborhood that has suffered from years of disinvestment. There are a lot of positive things that can happen with development like this we can improve the neighborhood,” said Kathy Thylaborde, CEO of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership.

An East Baton Rouge Parish resident named Jackie Grinner told BRProud, improvement and redevelopment of the area was needed.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea. It’s a good location because this part of town needs development. I love the way they have the wall in the building sitting up really high. That way, the floodwaters won’t get in,” Grinner said.

Click here to learn more about services offered by the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging.