New 119-unit senior apartment project open in Hamilton. Here’s what it offers.

A new, 119-apartment senior living complex has opened at a western edge of Hamilton near Hanover Twp., and about 30 of the units have been claimed.

Eden Park Senior Apartments is owned by the Clover Group, which also owns that Fairfield Village that opened in October of 2017. Given that two people can live in the Hamilton apartments — some of them in one-bedroom units, and many with two-bedrooms — the new complex creates places for about 200 people to reside in the city.

People must be at least 55 years old to rent the apartments, located at 1740 Eden Park Drive, behind the Meijer store. While the apartments are for seniors, they are solely for people who can live independently, meaning when people need forms of assistance, they must move somewhere that can provide such services.

Like Hamilton’s 102-unit Marcum Apartments, located downtown, Eden Park Senior Apartments provide new rental living options for people wishing to live in Hamilton. The city has been working to increase its number of residents.

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The apartments have a pond and a walking path on their property to nearby stores.

“It’s a really good project, I think,” said Jody Gunderson, Hamilton’s economic development director. “Anytime you have development like that, and really, the density to that project as well, that will help the commercial within that area as well.

The city has seen a surge in residential development — individual homes, and apartment units — the past couple of years. There has been a 252 percent increase in single-family homes and duplexes for the past two years, compared with the average of the prior several years.

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Also, developer ARK Investment Partners has plans to build 204 market-rate, two-bedroom apartments in 15 three-story buildings on what is mostly vacant land owned by the city.

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At Eden Park, the first residents moved in Feb. 28, and 15 apartments now are occupied. About another 15 renters have put down deposits.

Property Manager Joetta Smith said there are three styles of apartments:

• A one-bedroom, 625-square-foot unit that rents for 1,030, including all utilities and cable

• A two-bedroom, 825-square-foot unit that rents for $1,170, including all utilities and cable

• A two-bedroom, 1-1/2 bath, unit that is 940 square feet and rents for $1,295, including the utilities and cable.

Each unit comes with a full-size washer and dryer. The complex also has indoor storage units for residents, who tend to be downsizing. A hair salon and coffee shop are scheduled to open May 1, with a family game room and fitness center already open.

“I’ve got people from Florida moving in, people from Indiana moving in,” Smith said. “They’re wanting to be closer to family, and not wanting to buy homes. And a lot of people who want to go on vacation, but don’t want to worry about the upkeep of the house. They don’t want to have to worry about it. You pay your rent, and we’re going to be here.”

So in a way, many of the residents are simplifying their lives, she said.

The model apartments are available for viewing Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To reach Smith, call 513-857-6250.

People can walk or take their motorized wheelchairs on the walking path over the pond to nearby stores.

“We have all the main stores — we’ve got Walmart, Kroger, Meijer,” she said.

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