HUNTERSVILLE – Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lake Norman have expanded independent living options with the opening of the McCleskey Apartments.

UMAR completed a nine-unit apartment complex in Huntersville named in honor of Margaret and Bishop Lawrence McCleskey and their role in creating the nonprofit 29 years ago.

Each apartment has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and den. There’s also a furnished community center with a full kitchen and laundry room. The land was donated by Huntersville United Methodist Church.

“This is a huge milestone for UMAR, because we take great pride in providing high-quality services and support to every individual we serve,” UMAR President and CEO Ann Church said.

The Huntersville-based nonprofit promotes community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UMAR supports more than 350 adults through group housing, vocational services and cultural enrichment.

The home blessing is scheduled at noon Oct. 7 at McCleskey Apartments, 14059 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Residents will give tours of their apartments following the ceremony.

Details: 704-659-7632 or