Archive for Thursday, July 11, 2002

Nursing center filling need for senior housing

July 11, 2002

The senior housing options in Eudora will soon expand.

The Eudora Nursing Center hopes construction on seven additional duplexes will commence this fall.

"We're hoping for Sept. 1, but there's a lot of 'ifs,'" said the center's administrator, Rheva Victor.

The duplexes, which will offer two dimensions some at about 1,200 square feet and others at about 1,400 square feet are geared for people age 55 and older.

"That's all going to be geared toward the older person," Victor said. "They'll have call systems in their units where if something happens they can call us and we'll be right there."

Unlike some duplexes, the units will be sold, rather than rented, to tenants.

"I think we are in an area that should be conducive to having people sell their homes and buying these here and still having access to health care."

Victor said first the center was working to secure financing for the project, and then it would begin marketing the units with the help of local real estate agent Caren Rowland.

Once construction starts, Victor said she anticipated the units would go up quickly around the perimeter of the nursing center.

"If we build it in phases, we'll do the three units first, and then we'll proceed with the four," Victor said.

The three smaller duplexes will be located to the south of the center and the larger four will be built to the west of the center. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, attached-garage homes will be part of a condominium association, Victor said. Furthermore, residents will have options for their half of the duplex.

"If they want to add a sliding glass door here or a wall there, they can almost design it to their preference," Victor said. "If they purchase prior to construction, they can pick out the color for the carpet and the draperies."

The center currently has duplexes it rents, which were added in 1987, Victor said. About six years ago, she said the center brought up the idea of its own duplexes again.

"What's really sort of stirred it in the last two years is Brandon Woods and Prairie Commons have run out of room to build any more townhomes," Victor said. "We thought maybe we'd give it a go."

During the Eudora Planning Commission's July 3 discussion of the project, residents in the area near the center worried additional construction would further tax the drainage ditch that runs behind many of their homes.

Commission chairman Kurt von Achen said a stormwater study showed the project would take care of 10 percent of the existing drainage as well as additional drainage added by the duplexes.

"This probably won't solve all your problems," von Achen said, "but it won't add to it either."

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