New year to push senior living project forward


JASPER— Behind-the-scenes work on Legacy Living of Jasper is wrapping up, and construction will begin in March.

The website for the new senior living facility by Legacy Living of Indianapolis will launch on Jan. 10, and Legacy Living will then begin taking reservations. Construction is slated to begin in March, and the facility is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2019.

“It’s going really well,” said Tony Schantz, chief operating officer on the project and one of Legacy Living’s three principals. The other principals are Al Wurster and Steve Hodgson.

Although construction has yet to begin, Legacy Living has been at work behind the scenes. The Jasper Common Council approved a planned unit development for the project in October, which allows several variances to development ordinances without developers having to ask for variances individually. Bids for the project came in recently and included several local subcontractors, and the project has received funding from local banks. Now, Schantz and his partners are looking forward to breaking ground.

“We’re just really excited to get the shovels in the ground,” Schantz said.

Legacy Living announced its plans for a roughly 110-unit development in June. The facilities will be located on the Hochgesang property east of Buschkoetter’s Nursery and Lawn Care Center and north of State Road 56.

The roughly $18-million investment will add 18 town homes for independent living and a main building with 70 independent and assisted-living apartments and 25 memory care apartments.

Pricing is set at $3,000 per month for studio apartments in the assisted-living facilities, $3,600 per month for a one-bedroom and $4,350 per month for a two-bedroom. Memory care apartments will be $5,100 per month. The town homes range from $1,700 to $2,300 per month. 

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.

Legacy Living will fill a need in Jasper, as the 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’s facilities will house anyone 55 or older.

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