The L. Nelson Hopkins Apartments on Davison Road is looking for tenants. So there will be an open house for those who may be interested.

The Olmsted Center for Sight’s newest housing complex is taking applications for potential residents. The $4 million, two-story, 24-unit apartment complex will offer housing for those with visual impairments or physical disabilities. The complex is located at 5562 Davison Road in the Ulrich Business Park, south of Lincoln Avenue in the Town of Lockport.

Martha Prinzbach, Olmsted’s property management manager, said the open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“They can pick up an application and that’ll start the process,” Prinzbach said.

She added that free transportation is available for the open house by calling 888-4564.

The Nelson apartments will offer amenities such as emergency pull cords in all units, bathrooms equipped with grab bars, full-size refrigerators and ranges, central air conditioning and a security intercom system. There will also be a community room with kitchen, laundry facilities and a lot of storage space.

Some of the units will have features to assist the visually impaired. Those include “bump dots” for identifying different appliances and temperature gauges, so those with visual impairments will be able to locate them.

“They can live independently without any barriers,” Prinzbach said.

The property features extra lighting, security cameras and a service coordinator on staff.

The complex will also offer programming through the Dale Association, including special events. The Olmsted Center is also working with the Dale to market the complex.

Ground was broken and construction began on the Nelson apartments in July 2009. Construction was completed earlier this year, and the finishing touches are almost done. Six tenants have started moving in.

Miguel Cardec was one of the new tenants moving in last week. He was glad to be moving to the Hopkins apartments from his former one-room apartment.

“I’m so excited, I couldn’t sleep,” Cardec said.

The new apartment had more room and made it easier for Cardec to get around. They come with one or two bedrooms.

Prinzbach said Olmsted Center won a 2010 Reader’s Choice Award for best development for the Hopkins apartments.

The complex is named in memory of the late L. Nelson Hopkins, who served as a board member of the Olmsted Center for many years. It is also the sixth housing complex the Olmsted Center has opened in Western New York. Currently, there are two complexes in the Tonawandas and three in Buffalo, where the Olmsted Center is located.

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