Catholic Charities dedicates renovated Kirby Manor senior housing

(Plain Press, January 2006) On December 5th Catholic Charities and the National Church Residences officially dedicated the newly renovated Villa of St. Rose Kirby Manor senior housing complex at 11500 Detroit Avenue. The facility is directly across the street from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

The $14 million renovation project took 18 months to complete. The renovation converted 200 smaller apartments into one and two bedroom fully independent units. A new three-story structure with parking was added to the 35-year old complex. The new units include a full living and dining area, one or two bedrooms and a full bath. The entire complex now has 147 units.

All of the apartments at Kirby Manor are designated as affordable housing and are reserved for senior citizens ages 62 and older that meet certain income requirements. As of the opening ceremony, 98% of the apartments were already occupied.

Resident Ralph Pack testifies to the beauty and spaciousness of the newly renovated apartments. Pack is proud of his new apartment. “This is the first apartment I’ve ever lived in where I am proud to invite a guest to visit,” said Pack.

The newly-renovated facility also features a more spacious lobby area and has already offered its use to the neighborhood. Area residents and business owners participating in the Detroit Avenue Merchants’ Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on November 28th were invited into the spacious lobby for hot chocolate and pastry. Kirby Manor hosted the Tree Lighting Ceremony with resident Homer Vernatter offering his services as Santa.

In a statement announcing the December 5th dedication ceremony for Kirby Manor, Catholic Charities noted that it now has nearly 1,000 units of senior housing in service or under development. Another example of Catholic Charities senior housing in the Plain Press service area is the recently completed Colman Court at St. Colman Catholic Church on W. 65th and Madison.

Local dignitaries participating in the December 5th opening ceremony included: Thomas Mullen, Secretary for Catholic Charities Health and Human Services; Thomas Slemmer, President of National Church Residences; Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn; Fr. Ralph Wiatrowski, Administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish; Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell and Ward 18 Councilman Jay Westbrook.

Kirby Manor renovation was designed by Berardi & Partners Architects, Inc. and built by Snavely Construction.


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