MARSHALL - It was a new start for a vacant property, and a chance to meet a need in the community, supporters said. By about this time next year, the site of the former Marshall Junior High School will become a home for senior citizens.
"We're really excited," said Howie Groff, president of Tealwood Senior Living, the group managing the future Heritage Pointe Senior Living center. Construction of an assisted living apartment complex at the site has already begun.
Developers, contractors, city officials and representatives of Tealwood gathered at the construction site Friday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony.
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Howie Groff, president of Tealwood Senior Living, spoke to community members at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new assisted living facility in Marshall.
The site, located on about 4.56 acres of land near the intersection of Lyon Street and 5th Street, had sat vacant since the demolition of the old junior high in 2008. In January, members of the Marshall City Council voted in favor of selling the property to Trident Development, a company working with Tealwood. Tealwood manages more than 30 assisted living facilities in Minnesota, including facilities in Tracy, Walnut Grove and Lamberton.
Roger Fink of Trident Development said the Heritage Pointe facility will have 38 residential units. An adjoining memory care facility will have 20 units for residents who need additional care for conditions like dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Groff said Marshall was an attractive location for the facility for a number of reasons. It was a growing community, and it also showed a need for senior care services, he said.
The city of Marshall has worked with developers to finalize the land sale and building project in the past several months. Fink said a lot of thanks were in order. The city, as well as organizations like the Marshall Economic Development and Housing Redevelopment authorities, made the project possible.
"It takes a big team and a lot of effort to bring it this all together," he said.
In managing the new facility, Groff said, Tealwood was accepting several responsibilities - responsibilities to the city, responsibilities to care for their tenants, and responsibilities to tenants' families. He said they would do their best to meet those responsibilities.
Workers were busy pouring concrete for the center's foundations on Friday morning. Construction is planned to continue through this fall and winter. About a year from now, Fink said, developers hoped to be serving tenants.
"We already have a short waiting list" for some of the units, Fink said.
Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes praised the project, saying it would provide a needed service to people in Marshall and the surrounding area.
"This will be a very good repurpose of a good property at the center of Marshall," Byrnes said.