VENICE, Fla. – The area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities (NealCommunities.com), donated $5,000 to the Detert Residences at Loveland Village, a state pilot program that includes 42 affordable apartments that allows adults with developmental disabilities to live independently.
Named for former Senator Nancy Detert, who is now a Sarasota County Commissioner, the 42-unit apartment complex provides a naturally therapeutic community of peers and support services for up to 94 adults with developmental disabilities and caregivers. Detert was instrumental in advocating for laws and funding to support the pilot program, which is the first of its kind in Florida, in her home district.
“These residences are an extremely impressive example of a public-private partnership that exemplifies one of our firm’s core values – humans helping humans,” Pat Neal, CEO and chairman of the board at Neal Communities. “This affordable-housing model is a wonderful example of how this community supports forward-thinking initiatives, and we are honored to make a donation to support the final touches for this project.”
The $5,000 donation will go toward amenities to enhance the quality of life and encourage social engagement for residents, including barbecue and picnic areas and a covered bike rack.
“We are extremely thankful to Neal Communities for its generous donation to support the residents of the Detert Residences at Loveland Village,” said Daniela Koci, CEO of Loveland Center. “It is heartwarming to feel the support of our community for this project, and we are thrilled to be able to fill a portion of the tremendous need for this kind of facility in southwest Florida. It’s continuous support like this that allows us to serve residents and students and highlight the enormous potential of the people we serve.”
Loveland Village residents have the opportunity to live in a one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments with caregivers living with them on site. The apartments feature accessible, universal design principles, like refrigerator doors and stove knobs that can be reached from a wheelchair and showers that people using a wheelchair can roll into. The 42 apartment units at Loveland Village are all leased with a growing waiting list.
Additionally, Loveland Village includes a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse that allows residents to gather for events with a full-service commercial catering kitchen, a large main room with a stage and several smaller rooms for activities.
About Neal Communities
Neal Communities was named the Professional Builder national 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 12,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, visit www.NealCommunities.com.
About Loveland Center
Established in 1962, the Loveland Center strives to help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest. The nonprofit was founded by a group of parents who sought to provide a productive and safe place for adults with developmental disabilities. Loveland Center provides educational programs and vocational training for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.lovelandcenter.org or call 941-493-0016.