Senior living facility set to open July 2019August 9, 2018
By LEANN BURKE
JASPER— When James, 82, and Shirley Alexander, 62, of Jasper began planning for their future, Legacy Living of Jasper seemed like the ideal retirement home for them.
The city’s newest senior living facility is under construction on the north side of State Road 56 at 1850 W. State Road 56, right across from Shiloh United Methodist Church, is the church the Alexanders attend. Yesterday morning, Indianapolis-based Legacy Living, the company building the facility, held a ground blessing at the construction site, and several local clergy attended.
“We’re going to have the opportunity to serve a lot of people in their congregations, so it really means a lot to us to have them here,” said Theresa Wolf, executive director of Legacy Living of Jasper.
Wolf is an Ireland native and is looking forward to getting to know all the residents when Legacy Living of Jasper opens about July 2019.
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.”
“There’s been so much excitement around Legacy Living of Jasper,” Schantz said.
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.
Once completed, Legacy Living of Jasper will include 18 townhomes for independent living and a main building with 70 independent and assisted-living apartments and 25 memory care apartments. The memory care unit will cater to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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 is accepting deposits and reservations. For more information, call 812-559-0200.
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