Keats Gardens completes the Arc’s Manton Street Initiative which transformed a vacant lot and the Arc’s former headquarters into apartments for seniors and the disabled. Construction of Belmont Commons, a 10-unit complex for low income individuals with disabilities, was completed in 2013.
The two-story Keats Gardens contains one two-bedroom and 19 one-bedroom apartments, several common areas, outdoor gardens and a patio.
The apartments are designed so elderly residents can “age in place” and can be adapted for any physical challenges that may arise. Features include grab bars in the bathrooms with roll in showers, wiring for automatic doors (if needed), accessible clearances at all doors and accessible heights for all light switches, counters and cabinets. Common areas include an entrance lobby with seating for 10, a conference room, lounge, activities room and laundry.
Saccoccio & Associates, working with general contractor Stand Corporation, razed the Arc’s former headquarters at 115 Manton Street to make way for Keats Gardens. Belmont Commons, which was also designed by Saccoccio & Associates, was built on a vacant lot behind the former Arc headquarters.
The BVDC is a leading developer of housing for adults with disabilities, veterans and the elderly in Rhode Island and manages a portfolio of over 260 units.
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