Construction to start on $18M senior communityApril 5, 2018
By LEANN BURKE
JASPER— More dust will soon be flying in Jasper, this time on the city’s west side.
Indianapolis-based Legacy Living will break ground on its newest senior living facility, Legacy Living Jasper, this month.
The company announced its plans in June 2017 and will build the community at 1850 W. State Road 56, which is the Hochgesang property east of Buschkoetter’s Nursery and Lawn Care Center and north of State Road 56.
Some of the biggest news out of the project recently is that several local investors came on board with the roughly $18-million project, leading Tony Schantz of Whiteland, one of Legacy Living’s three principals, to describe the development as “locally owned.”
“It’s pretty cool to know that we’re a locally-owned business,” Schantz said.
Schantz also serves as chief operating officer of the project.
Legacy Living Jasper will be Legacy Living’s first development, but none of the three principals — Schantz, Al Wurster and Steve Hodgson — are new to senior living developments.
Schantz has been developing senior living complexes since 1999, and Legacy Living Jasper will be his 11th. Wurster and Hodgson own Wurster Construction of Indianapolis, a company that builds senior housing complexes and other medical facilities throughout the state.
The three men plan to be in Dubois County frequently to get to know the community and ensure that Legacy Living Jasper reflects Dubois County culture.
Legacy Living plans to kick off the 14-month construction process with a ground blessing rather than a groundbreaking. The ceremony will involve church leaders from several local churches including St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Redemption Christian Church.
“We’re not scared to profess our faith and support our community,” Schantz said.
The community will be invited to the ground blessing, which will be scheduled in the next couple weeks.
Once completed, Legacy Living Jasper will include 18 town homes for independent living and a main building with 70 independent and assisted-living apartments and 25 memory care apartments.
The development will also include several indoor and outdoor amenities.
Outside, there will be barbecue and kitchen spaces, raised garden beds so residents can maintain gardens without stooping down, walking paths and a playground for when grandchildren or great-grandchildren visit.
Indoor amenities include a chapel, fitness center, cafe/bistro, movie theater, library, Wi-Fi-accessible computers and a beauty salon and barbershop.
More information about Legacy Living Jasper can be found at www.jasperseniorliving.com.
Legacy Living will begin accepting deposits in May and is set to open in 2019 and is taking reservations. For more information, call 812-559-0200.
Legacy Living Jasper will fill a need in the community, as the city’s population is aging. According to 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, a little more than 16 percent of Jasper’s population is age 65 or older. Legacy Living Jasper will house anyone 55 or older.
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