August 20, 2008
Park Place Offers Options to Seniors
By CRAIG D REBER
News You can use Park Place Senior Living, 1075 N. Elm St. in Platteville, will hold general public open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Information about the campus is available on the Internet at www.elderspan.com or by calling 608-243-8800.
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Platteville received its first official look Monday at an ambitious project designed to showcase senior living.
A morning ribbon-cutting ceremony ushered in Park Place Senior Living, which sits on the former site of Southwest Health Center. Park Place is a continuum of care campus - one community with three separate residences providing different living options for seniors. ElderSpan Management, a Madison-based, family-owned senior services corporation, manages the complex.
"It's the culmination of six years of thought, planning and activities," said Greg Griffin, ElderSpan's president.
All of the units in the 121,000 square-foot complex are for those 55 and older and are either assisted-living or residential apartments.
The breakdown includes:
-- 17 units for the memory-care assisted living.
-- 26 units for the frail elderly assisted living.
-- 33 one- and two-bedroom apartments, common areas and outdoor gardens.
It will open in late October. There already have been 67 inquiries for the apartments.
Park Place Senior Living also will be the new home for Southwest Health Center's Senior Behavioral Sciences inpatient and outpatient clinics, relocating from Cuba City. Home Health United and the Platteville Family Resource Center also will lease space in the new facility.
The project cost around $15 million, with $11.5 million coming from Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. The city of Platteville authorized a tax-increment financing grant of $500,000 to help finance the project. Private investors also are part of the financing. The campus will employ more than 60 people.
"This is a true senior campus that serves the needs of the community," said Antonio Riley, the authority's executive director.
Griffin recalled a 2002 conversation with Anne Klawiter, Southwest Health Center president and CEO, about establishing a senior housing community for residents with different levels of independence and need. The efforts accelerated in 2004 and 2005 after the hospital relocated. Two market research surveys emphasized the need. Griffin cited financing challenges and refining and "clarifying" the project.
"Eventually it came together," he said, citing Ed White, a Platteville Common Council member, and Joe Carroll, the city's community planning and development director, for their support.
"This is truly a collaboration of many partners," White said. "If we, as a city, meet a mission, we all succeed."
Originally published by CRAIG D REBER TH staff writer/ creber@wcinetcom.
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