Dick and Jean Mott have been married for 64 years and have spent their lives as part of the growing town of Johnston.
“We’ve been in our house now where we are now, for 60 years,” Dick Mott told WHO-TV. “We built our own house, with our own hands,” continued his wife Jean, “Hand dug the basement footings and all that kind of stuff.”
When their daughter suggested the half-acre they lived on was a lot to take care of, the couple agreed, but was reluctant to leave the town they've called home for more than half a century.
“We were always involved in the community, involved in the school. Dick drove a school bus for 13 years, our kids were in Little League, played on different teams, girls, Boy Scouts,” Jean told the TV station.
Dick added, “It was a community. It wasn’t a city or a town, it was a community.”
The Motts were looking at places out of town when construction began on Cornerstone Commons - a senior living facility at 6365 Merle Hay Road.
The three-story, 62-unit senior citizen apartment building opened in early 2013, transforming the area between Northwest 63rd Place and Northwest 64th Place.
The facility features 33 one-bedroom units, and 29 two-bedroom units for a price ranging from $659 to $950 per month. Amenities include underground and surface parking, community room with kitchen, washer and dryer in each unit, internet cafe and library, exercise room and beauty shop, and controlled access entry system.
Victoria Carter, the property manager of Cornerstone Commons, told WHO several of the Motts' neighbors and friends are also moving in and the building filled up fast. There are about 15 rooms left.