A group of visionaries saw the need for an apartment complex for the elderly following the Belmond tornado of 1966. When the first complex, McBurney Apartments, opened in 1971, there were more people desiring an apartment than the number of units available. To fill that known need, Buseman Apartments opened in 1976. By 1978, Rise Apartments had also been completed, making a total of 88 apartments. With the addition of the Redder-McLaughlin Apartments in 1982, the complex had 108 apartments.
Due to a waiting list for two bedroom apartments, in 2015 and 2017, Redder-McLaughlin units were remodeled to create 12 two bedroom units making the grand total 100 apartments. For a town with a population of 2,500, this is an impressive number, and in its early days the complex was said to be one-of-a-kind in Iowa.
The complex is all on ground level, connected by indoor hallways, and has the added feature of the Leinbach Community Center. The Center is used almost daily by various community and private groups.
With the services of county health nurses, homemakers and health aides readily available, people can remain in their homes longer. It was once said that living in a great retirement community, such as Belmond Community Apartments, can add at least 10 years to one’s life. That must be the case, as our average age is 79 years young. Currently, 19 of our tenants have reached or surpassed their 90th birthday!
It is because of the people who live here that Belmond Community Apartments continues to be one of the best retirement complexes around. Belmond is proud of those who had the vision to build it, and those keeping its vision alive.
Named in honor of S.P. Leinbach MD, 1972
In recognition and appreciation of his many years of unselfish devotion to the Belmond Community.
Named in honor of Lester H. Buseman, 1975
He was the first President of the Sponsoring Corporations. It was largely through his concern, far sightedness and continual hard work that the Belmond Retirement Complex has evolved, truly a vision of the future.
Named in honor of Curtis B. Rise, 1978
He was the first Secratary of the Sponsoring Corporations. His dedication and concern for his fellow man has been borne out by the great effort he has exerted to make the Belmond Retirement Complex a reality and a success.
Named in honor of Erwin H. Redder, 1982
A man dedicated to his community and to his fellow man who gave so generously of his time and talents to promote the good life style of our senior citizens.
Named in honor of Stephen D. McLaughlin, 1982
In recognition of his many years of dedications and hard work for the betterment on the Belmond Community and its senior citizens.
Belmond Community Apartments