The Riverport Landings apartments off of Cane Run Road officially broke ground Tuesday, although some of the more than 400 apartments are already starting to go up.

The $71 million affordable housing project will build an inter-generational community. It will have apartments for seniors, families and Family Scholar House students.

Family Scholar House is a place where single parents can get the help and support they need to take care of their families and advance their education and careers.

The apartments will also serve people who have aged out of the foster care system.

“People come here to be able to change the direction of their lives,” said Cathe Dykstra, President and CEO of Family Scholar House. “It changes the opportunities for low-income individuals so they can get the education they need to be contributing members of our community.”

It serves more than 200 families, including more than 300 children. This fifth location at Riverport Landings will help alleviate the long line to move in to an apartment at the Family Scholar House, with nearly 850 families on the waiting list.

“There are going to be over 400 units of affordable housing on this site,” said Gabe Fritz, Director of Housing and Community Development for Metro Louisville. “This is a great example of providing a little bit for everyone.”

The 36-acre site is like a small town. There will be a park, an education center, possibly a medical facility, retail and restaurants, although it's still unclear which ones.

"We don’t look like low-income housing,” Dykstra said. “Our apartments are very nice.”

Dykstra said it will be a nice, safe place for hard working families to call home.

“I think, in some ways, it means everything [to them],” she said.

The developer said the Family Scholar House apartments will be open by December, while the rest of the development will be finished by 2019. 

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