Missing Middle Housing in Mid-Size Cities/Aging in the Right Place: Identifying Needs for Senior Housing and Bringing it to Reality

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

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Affordable housing has always been a concern across the country, but multiple factors over the past decade have raised more specific concerns for housing our workforce. The discussion in recent months has expanded to include not just the need for housing, but the type of housing units these particular households need, including rowhouses, duplexes, apartment courts, townhomes, live/work units, and smaller midsized houses. These affordable units have almost been non-existent in our local markets, yet many communities are feeling the growing need for them. The national discussion on these “Missing Middle Housing” units (www.missingmiddlehousing.com) has been focused on the nation’s large markets, often leaving Midwestern smaller markets wondering how they fit into the conversation. While it can be argued that the need for the Missing Middle Housing exists in both large and small markets, the causes and solutions have both commonalities and differences. This session will summarize leading trends in regional housing markets, how housing markets have changed and will continue to change in the future, and strategies for addressing communities’ leading housing issues.


Across the country there is a growing discussion around aging in place, but is this really the right approach for seniors and for a city’s overall housing market? This session will provide background on the market economics that are driving the housing market in small and mid-size cities and suburbs, specifically related to senior housing. Participants will learn about emerging trends in senior living, what it takes to attract retirees to your community, and why aging in the right place is more important to a senior’s quality of life and to the overall housing market. From this discussion, participants will obtain talking points to share with community leaders and decision makers. Additionally, this session will outline the strategies and incentives that cities should have in place to attract developers of innovative retirement and senior living housing.  


Amy Haase, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Amy found her perfect match in RDG Planning & Design two decades ago, where she loves leading a wide range of projects providing comprehensive planning, housing market studies, and neighborhood and downtown revitalization studies for communities across the Midwest. When she’s not with RDG, you’ll find Amy on a ... Read More

Mitchell Elliott

Confirmed Speaker

Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA, leads the senior living market at RDG Planning & Design as a Senior Partner in the organization. He has over 30 years of experience in the development, design and construction of senior living environments across the country. Prior to returning to RDG Planning & Design, Mitch served as ... Read More

Contact Info

Michael Zeek, mzeek@marylandheights.com