Open House for the Future Home of Olivete Place, a Developmental Enrichment Center, a Success Inspired to serve the developmentally disabled and medically fragile community, the founders of Developmental Enrichment Centers (DEC), Nancy and Sky Younger, have been working toward the goal of opening Olivete Place–a community‐integrated, independent living and employment training facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Developmental Enrichment Centers (DEC) is pleased to announce the success of an open house at the future site of Olivete Place in uptown Phoenix. Property owners Scott and Joan Eveland currently operate Maricopa Manor Bed & Breakfast on the site and are working with DEC to petition for a change of use application. The event provided an opportunity for neighbors and local businesses to find out more about DEC and Olivete Place.
During their remarks at the open house, Nancy Younger and Scott Eveland expressed their excitement for the new chapter of the historic property. Scott said, “We’d begun to consider the future needs of our daughter, a member of the developmentally disabled community, as well as exit strategies for the B&B. At DEC’s 10th‐anniversary dinner, we heard about DEC’s desire to provide independent living and employment training facilities. After speaking with Nancy and Sky, Joan and I knew we had found an answer for our daughter, and we knew we had an answer for DEC’s expansion plans.”
“After touring the B&B property, I knew this would be the home of Olivete Place,” said Nancy. “We’re excited to give our clients a beautiful community to grow and learn in. We have several steps to take before opening, but we hope to open Olivete Place to our first two independent living clients as early as January 2020.”
The next steps for DEC and Maricopa Manor begin with the current petition to apply for a change of use permit for the property. Once approved, several rooms will be converted into the training center, slated for a January 2020 opening, a small number of parking spaces for staff will be added, and the facility will undergo multiple inspections by the state. Additionally, renovations to create the first two accessible efficiency apartments for clients will begin, with an expected opening in late 2020 or early 2021.