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Cornerstone Village in Victoria: Pairing People With Developmental Disabilities, Older Adults
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Cornerstone Village in Victoria: Pairing People With Developmental Disabilities, Older Adults

Cornerstone Village in Victoria will be a highly accessible abode for older people with disabilities and those without disabilities.

The Cornerstone village in Victoria is being built by Bethesda, a Watertown, Wis.,-based nonprofit, the construction will cost a whopping $18 million, the village will consist of a 52-unit complex of apartments and townhouses for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people 55 and older who are willing to be companions. Residents of Cornerstone village will live independently in their own apartments but mingle in common areas to take classes, socialize exercise and practice yoga.

The housing development in Victoria is aimed at helping people with disabilities mingle with others outside of their own group — a change from the conventional rehab for older people, the innovation is aimed at moving from the old practice whereby older people with disabilities would be housed in large institutions with little connection to the outside world.

“We felt we need to move away from the practice of hiding people with disabilities in large institutions with little connection to people. Cornerstone Village is a new development on the spectrum of independent living,” said Bethesda CEO Mike Thirtle.

“Cornerstone village will be a very unique community,” agreed Tom Campbell, vice president of real estate development for Bethesda. “It really does push the envelope in terms of inclusivity.”

The Cornerstone village project will geta $1.2 million tax-increment financing subsidy from the city of Victoria.

"The Cornerstone village will actually be a better model than an institution or a large group home because people with disabilities and people without a disability will live together in a highly accessible village. I think this is great," John Ford, a 60 years old man with disabilities said.

The Cornerstone Village is scheduled to open in late summer of 2020, Cornerstone Village will occupy a site that once housed several dozen people with disabilities in a single building, a model no longer considered appropriate.

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  1. Kelly Martins
    Long overdue, but it still a welcomed development, more independence!
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