For more than 47 years, Brookside Manor has provided affordable and comfortable housing for senior citizens from Montevideo and the surrounding area.
Brookside Manor opened on April 1, 1965, and was one of the first senior living facilities in this part of the state.
"This was a whole new concept at that time," said Carol Grau, who has been the housing manager at Brookside Manor for the past 15 years. "There was nothing in the area designated for senior housing."
At that time, Montevideo also lacked an adequate nursing home, so a community effort began to raise funds for a senior housing facility and a nursing home. The Methodist church became the front runner for the senior housing facility and donated the land that Brookside was built on.
Brookside Manor has 59 housing units, including 18 studio apartments of three sizes; six efficiency apartments; three small, 20 medium and 11 large bedroom units; and one two-bedroom apartment.
Grau said that almost half of the units are studio apartments, which are rather small and have no kitchens or separate bedrooms. These units are getting harder to rent.
"We do have a waiting list for bedroom units," said Grau. "The senior housing market has changed dramatically over the past ten years. We no longer have what people want any more. We've got to have a facility that is attractive to the new generation coming up.
For more on this story and others subscribe or pick up a copy of the Montevideo American-News.