Construction is under way for a new senior housing facility in Kent, and is projected to be complete by December 2013.
The project, Maplebrook at Golden Pond, is located at 5421 Sunnybrook Rd. near the intersection with S.R. 261. The development is being managed by the Cleveland-based NRP Group, which also operates the Four Seasons at Kent on Horning Road.
"Four Seasons is a bit of an older property for us. It's very well maintained and a great facility, but we offer a newer product too and this is part of that," NRP project manager Joseph McCabe said. "It'll definitely be an upgrade to the community there and it's a great opportunity for us to build a brand-new facility."
The $4.9 million development will hold 68 units -- 23 one-bedroom units and 45 two-bedroom units -- and is targeted specifically toward housing low-income, independent seniors.
The facility will be geared toward seniors with a yearly income ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.
McCabe said the project is the result of $1.2 million award from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.
"This is not assisted living. It's independent living, but we commonly have individuals with certain living restrictions that require more space," he said, noting that the support services offered at Maplebrook at Golden Pond will be very similar to what is offered at Four Seasons.
There's already been a "steady stream of inquiries" by potential residents since planning on the project began, McCabe said.
"I still get a couple calls a month," he said. "They've already started taking names and phone numbers down on a list at (Four Seaons) because there's a lot of people that are inquiring about it."
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Well I wonder just how much the taxpayer will have to deal out to have these new places go to people with annual income of $15,000 a year. That is slightly more than the Social Security pays individuals.