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CHI - Crestview Terrace Apartments fitting in West Des Moines

News from PCHTF Provider Partners

It’s been nearly one year since Community Housing Initiatives, Inc. (CHI) celebrated the grand reopening of Crestview Terrace Apartments in West Des Moines. The highly anticipated reopening continues to highlight the need of quality affordable housing for seniors in central Iowa.

“West Des Moines was a town built by ‘Baby Boomers,’” said Eric Burmeister, executive director of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF). “This generation is aging and is in need of appropriate housing. Crestview Terrace Apartments provides an opportunity for life-long West Des Moines residents to live where they grew up, be close to their doctors, stores, churches and friends. It’s called ‘aging-in-place.’” 

Doug LaBounty, president of CHI, reiterated similar thoughts.  “The lack of quality affordable senior housing is becoming a concern for this generation,” he said. “It’s in short supply throughout the Des Moines metro area — that’s why Crestview Terrace Apartments is a great option for seniors wanting to stay in the area where they spent many of their years.” 

Crestview Terrace Apartments has a history of accommodating the needs of seniors. From 1962-2002, the property was a federally subsidized meal site with 101 units for elderly residents. Today, Crestview Terrace Apartments is 55 units focused on independent senior living for those age 55 and above. The smoke-free community features numerous community rooms, library/media center, exercise room, garden area, courtyard with gazebo, controlled-access entry, washer/dryer in each apartment, and regularly-scheduled resident activities. 

“West Des Moines offers many fine facilities for senior living,” Burmeister said. “Unfortunately, most are out of reach for low-to-moderate income folks. Crestview Terrace Apartments provides that same service and security for residents living on social security and limited income.”