Justus Rental selling two senior communities, giving notices to 104 workers

More than 100 nursing aides, activities coordinators, cooks and other workers at two Indianapolis senior communities could lose their jobs by mid-October, owner Justus Rental Properties Inc. said.

The company filed notices with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development last week, saying it plans to end assisted-living services at the locations and has put both complexes, which also house independent-living apartments, up for sale.

The communities are Crestwood Village East, 1123 N. Edmondson Ave. (near North Shadeland Avenue and East 10th Street)  and Crestwood Village West, 230 Welcome Way (near North Girls School Road and U.S. 36. West).

It’s unclear how many residents will be affected. The two complexes have more 1,318 units between them, according to the company website, but it did not say how many of the units were assisted living or independent living.

Justus officials did not return a call from IBJ on Thursday morning. The company told the state it expects to close on a sale of the two properties on or near Oct. 14, but did not name the prospective buyer or buyers.

The company said all laid-off employees could apply for open positions at other Justus locations.

“We expect a number of the affected employees to transfer to one or more of our remaining communities and/or be retained by the buyer,” the company said in its notice to the state.

Justus said 51 employees at Crestwood Village West and 53 employees at Crestwood Village East will be affected. The jobs include activities coordinators, bus drivers, fitness coordinators, housekeepers, counselors and maintenance technicians, in addition to health workers.

The company owns at least four other senior communities around central Indiana that have another 1,338 apartment or cottage units, according to its website.

Meanwhile, Justus continues to expand. The company is planning to build a 300-unit apartment complex in Noblesville. The city approved the project last month.

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