Did You Know…..
The McPherson Chamber of Commerce has always been an advocate for housing. In 1976 the Chamber built Lakeside Plaza Apartment Complex with a special HUD program. The 100 unit complex provides safe, clean and affordable housing for families, individuals and senior citizens. The complex is operated as a 501 C 3 organization with its own budget and staff, as the Chamber is a 501 C 6 with its own budget and staff. There is no overlap. The Chamber Executive Board and Executive Director oversee the operations of Lakeside Plaza with a quarterly board meeting with the Complex Manager Bonnie Hoffman and Resident Manager Sally Lewis. In the 38 years of operation, Lakeside Plaza has only had two managers and has always had 100 to 120 people on the waiting list for apartments. That is proof enough of the need for housing in McPherson. Over the years, there has been real estate investors interested in purchasing the property, but they have been declined because they would not guarantee that it would continue to be operated as an affordable option for McPherson residents. That is how committed the Chamber is to housing in McPherson.
The success of Lakeside Plaza goes to the staff maintaining the Lakeside Plaza property complex.