A Sikeston, Missouri, company is planning to build an $11 million senior living campus in St. Joseph.
Americare Senior Living purchased 48 acres on the southeast corner of Bishop and Gene Field roads last month. The project is expected to break ground in the winter of 2017, said Pat Cokingtin, senior vice president.
“We looked at the products in St. Joe and we felt that a new product was warranted,” she said.
Plans include a 30-unit assisted living facility, a 16-unit memory care assisted living facility and 16 independent cottages with a shared clubhouse.
“We have found a lot of success to bringing the smaller footprint to St. Joe,” Cokingtin said. “We feel we can offer our consumers a nice choice there.”
All three separate spaces will be located on the property. The entire project is pending certificate of need approval by the state of Missouri as well as building plan approval by the city of St. Joseph.
Missouri has required the certificate of need approval since 1980. It is one of 36 states that uses the process and regulates 14 medical services, devices and procedures.
Once fully operational, the campus will employ 30 full- and part-time caregivers, four licensed nurses and an executive director.
Americare is a privately held company founded in 1981. The company owns and operates assisted living, memory care assisted living and skilled nursing centers throughout Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi.
A senior living campus in Lawrence, Kansas, opened earlier this year and is similar to the one proposed in St. Joseph, Cokingtin said.
The St. Joseph campus, however, will have three of the company’s four service offerings. There will not be a skilled-nursing option.
The 16 independent living cottages are built around a center courtyard that includes a gazebo and outdoor space. All have front porches that face the courtyard, one or two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, a screened porch, emergency call/intercom system and covered parking. There also are a daily meal, weekly wellness checks and quarterly health screenings available. The cottage clubhouse offers dining, a fitness center and scheduled transportation.
The assisted living building has 30 apartments with a kitchenette. The common areas include a recreation space, a wellness gym, a theater room and multiple outdoor spaces.
Americare’s memory care assisted living product is a separate 16-unit building, with both private and companion apartments.
Cokingtin said a completion date is expected for 2019. She said an official name for the new campus hasn’t been selected.
“We usually name them based on the neighborhood it’s in or something in the town,” she said. “We make sure we have a name that means something.”