By Doug Hampton
The Wyoming City Council moved a step closer to bringing a senior independent living facility to Wyoming at their most recent meeting. Country Retirement Homes owner Sherry Pettett presented a proposal to the council for TIF funding of the project, which the council approved.
The facility will include ten apartments with individual outside entrances. The middle of the building would have a community area with each apartment having access from a “back” door in their apartment.
Plans for the land also include seven lots intended for one story duplex development. The lots will be sold by Country Retirement to individuals for development. A couple of changes from the original drawing included moving the storage facility closer to the front of the development rather than in the back and a green space for a park.
Council members asked during the meeting about the timeline of the construction. Pettett said, “You’ll likely see the 8,000 square feet building finished within the year.” The financing part of the project has already started and has already been pre-approved for a Small Business Administration loan. They will now start getting loan packets prepped and out to area banks.
They expect that blueprints will take up to two months and then about a three week bidding process, so ground breaking could take about three months. After that they would expect about six to nine months for the construction process.
Pettett did say that if anyone would like more information about the apartments and possibly be put on a waiting list, they can contact the company by calling 309-364-3607, emailing them at [email protected] or by clicking on the contact us tab on the company website at www.countrycomfortretirement.com.
Katie Kim, the developer who Pettett is working with, said, “Hopefully a year from now we’ll have the facility up, with residents moving in and we’ll see duplexes being built on the lots.”
Andy and Marsha Dwyer from Bo/Gar Enterprises attended the meeting to discuss some issues they thought the company should be aware of. Bo/Gar is located just north of where the new facility would be located. Andy said there is a major water issue already with part of the land they own. It easily floods and water is also getting into part of their facility. He wondered what affect this development would have on the situation. Marsha also wanted to make sure that the developers understood that they are a machine shop that does have three shifts and it can be noisy. She said, that she thinks it is important you and potential residents know “we are here and have been here.”
The Dwyers both said they welcome new business and development and just felt that it was important that everyone is aware of the situations they described.
By Doug Hampton