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October 23, 2012

Assisted living center to bring jobs

New facility aimed at retiring baby boomers

Kokomo — A $13.8 million assisted living development on the city’s west side could help create more than 100 permanent nursing and rehabilitation jobs in Kokomo, Mayor Greg Goodnight announced Monday.

Mainstreet Property Group, Cicero, plans to open a 67,000-square-foot facility next fall, offering a “hotel-like” place for seniors to stay on a short-term basis.

CEO Paul “Zeke” Turner said clients will typically stay anywhere between two and three weeks and two or three months, providing a bridge in the gap between hospital health care and returning home.

The facility’s campus, which will be located at Dixon Road and West Boulevard, will also feature a hotel-type setting.

“People driving by won’t see a health-care facility,” Turner said.

City officials estimate the project will provide around 300 jobs during the construction, which is expected to begin in November.

“Mainstreet’s investment in Kokomo will provide immediate construction employment opportunities and permanent jobs for health care workers,” Goodnight said. “This new facility will transform rehabilitation care by meeting the wellness and social needs of today’s assisted living residents.”

According to Mainstreet officials, “patients will experience concierge-based health care in a hotel-like atmosphere.

“Mainstreet’s Next Generation design includes multiple social destinations, restaurant-style dining, spacious private rooms and baths, in addition to therapy/wellness areas,” a press release issued Monday stated.

“There is a significant need in this area for senior care facilities that meet the high standards and expectations of today’s seniors,” said Mainstreet’s Turner. “We selected Kokomo because of its positive business environment and skilled work force.”

Turner said Mainstreet began building assisted living facilities in 2008, and the facility on Dixon will be the fifth of its kind, joining a facility in Lafayette.

* Scott Smith can be reached at (765) 454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

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