A new housing community in Victoria is the first of its kind in the United States and is now accepting resident applications. Bethesda Cornerstone Village Victoria, at 1519 82nd St. in Victoria, Minnesota, is a Christian community offering “joyous living” with state-of-the-art apartment homes and villas to adults 55+ and independent adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The community will open its doors Sept.1.
“This beautiful housing community celebrates independence and brings people together in a fulfilling, comfortable lifestyle,” said Tom Campbell, Bethesda’s vice president of real estate. “Both seniors and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities struggle to find high-quality, accessible housing in nice neighborhoods. Bethesda Cornerstone Village Victoria meets those needs and delivers so much more.”
Bethesda Cornerstone Village Victoria consists of a total of 52 homes: 37 apartment homes and 15 villa homes. Up to 20 percent of the residences will serve people with a disabilities who live independently. The goal of the new development is to offer accessible, high-quality housing while encouraging independent living and fostering connections among residents.
Bethesda is a 115-year-old, national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization has numerous locations in Minnesota. Bethesda’s Minnesota operations are based in Victoria and its history with Victoria goes back nearly 50 years.
Bethesda Cornerstone Village is a partner with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, which provided the financing of this inclusive housing community.
The project’s architect is New York-based QPK Design and the construction manager is Kraus-Anderson.
Bethesda Cornerstone Village Victoria residences are luxuriously appointed, with features including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, soundproofing and patios or balconies. Residences are built to accommodate evolving needs as residents age, and offer maximum accessibility with features including walk-in showers, pocket doors and wide doorways to easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. The villas homes have attached one- or two-car garages and the apartment home building features an underground parking garage for easy access in any weather.
Leisure activities at Bethesda Cornerstone Village Victoria are made easy with a community center that features lots of natural light, plenty of space to gather with friends and organized learning sessions like cooking classes, Bible studies, fitness activities, and wellness activities. The state-of-the-art fitness center offers an array of exercise machines and classes.