Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2011

Assisted-living center could open in Basehor by summer 2012

October 6, 2011

A new assisted-living center is likely on its way to Basehor, bringing with it at least 10 full-time jobs.

The proposed Country Place Senior Living facility would include 22 suites, making it a “flagship location” for its company, said Angela Booth, director of development finance for Country Place Living.

The facility would be Country Place Living’s 10th in the state of Kansas, and its largest to date.

“It's in close proximity to more of an urban market,” Booth said. “Our other residences are located in much more rural markets.”

Plans call for the center to be located on the south side of Pinehurst Drive near 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40, across from Community National Bank and the retail development currently under construction on Pinehurst.

Booth spoke about the project at Monday's Basehor City Council work session, asking that the council approve some necessary planning and zoning measures at its regular meeting later this month.

The project is backed by local investors, she told council members, and it would provide 10 to 12 full-time jobs as well as several part-time positions. She said Tuesday that if the project gains approval from the council this month, the facility could open by summer 2012.

As an assisted-living residence, Booth said, the facility would strike a middle ground for senior citizens between skilled nursing — or “nursing homes” — and fully independent living.

“We are basically just there to offer them a better quality of life,” Booth said.

Country Place's residences provide assistance with medication, transportation, food, housekeeping and other things, Booth said. Many residents are still mobile and able to drive, she said.

The company specializes in smaller, “cozy” residences for seniors in rural areas, she said.

City Council President Dennis Mertz said that the necessary approvals for the project would likely appear on the council's agenda at its regular meeting Oct. 17, and any residents who have objections or questions about the project could voice them at the meeting. For his part, Mertz said he liked the look of the project.

“I think it's a great thing,” Mertz said. “It looks nice.”

Booth said any residents with questions about the project could call her at (214) 520-1122, extension 710, for more information.

“We're really looking forward to becoming a part of the Basehor community,” Booth said.

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