With a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 22, the new 16-unit West Brook Apartments officially opened on the west side of Manchester, a move that is expected to immediately answer the need for more housing in the community.

Owner Wes Schulte said the apartments are built to suit the needs of a couple of local markets. “The jobs are here, people just need a place to live. We’ve heard from our manufacturers and industries in town about the need for housing,” he said. “This hits the market for professionals. We are also seeing interest from people looking to downsize and get rid of overhead and maintenance.”

He has also seen interest from people looking to relocate to Manchester. “Those people want to establish their roots a little further, so this is kind of a stepping stone for them.”

Each unit is 925 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All are furnished with a refrigerator, stove and microwave along with washer and dryer hookups.

The condo-style building has private entrances for each unit, with eight units on the first floor and eight on the second, with each unit having a patio or balcony.

Inside, each apartment has birch cabinetry, laminate high definition countertops and a mix of carpet and luxury vinyl plank flooring.

Eight garage stalls are also available and all units are maintenance-free for tenants.

Schulte said the location is attractive to tenants. “This is where things are booming. There is great access to Highway 13 and Highway 20 and it’s close to the hospital.”

He said the apartments are for everyone. “This is market rate, multi-family housing. This is hitting a need that we have and can only help the community to grow. We’ve had good feedback from the people in the community who understand this industry.”

Those who want to inquire about West Brook Apartments may call 563-927-9004 or find them on the website manchesteriowahousing.com, or on Facebook at Manchester Housing.

Schulte believes the apartments will do their part to promote Manchester. “I feel this is a good opportunity to raise all boats. If the community is doing well and industry is doing well, this is something that can kind of help across the board.”