Olathe to get new retirement facility

08/19/2014 1:00 AM

08/19/2014 4:28 PM

Construction is scheduled to begin by early September on Bloom Living-Olathe, a 95-unit senior living facility at 14001 W. 133rd St.

The three-story, 65,000 square-foot building — designed for independent senior residents — is scheduled to open in spring 2015. The $7.5 million project will include a large community room, a resident lounge and cafe area along with an outdoor patio, a walking trail and gazebo.

Bloom Living will also offer some on-site health care services, such as on-call nursing and a visiting doctor.

Bloom Living will be operated by Topeka-based Midwest Health Inc., which operates about 50 assisted living, skilled nursing, independent living and other senior communities in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma. The developer and co-partner in Bloom Living is Complete L.L.C.

Debbie Walker, regional director of independent living for Midwest Health, said several years of planning went into developing the Bloom Living concept. “Olathe will be the first,” Walker said.

Residents will have a choice of single suite or one-bedroom apartments, all featuring full kitchens and baths. As designed, the complex will have 25 suites and 70 one-bedroom units.

Rents will start at under $800 a month, compared with what Midwest Health said was a regional average rent of about $3,000 a month for independent senior living facilities.

Bloom Living will aim to be more affordable by offering residents flexible, a la carte prices for services, said Walker. “The majority of independent living communities carry alot of the amenities that residents pay for whether they use them or not,” she said. “Our approach is to contain the initial costs and put more control in the (residents’) hands.”

Midwest Health president Jim Klausman said the owners are responding to the needs of a new generation of seniors. “We noticed priorities have changed from elaborate and expensive amenities to flexibility in the services where residents have the freedom to choose their living style,” Klausman said in a statement.

Bloom Living will offer carports, transportation services, housekeeping, apartment maintenance and meal plans along with a variety of daily activities.

The building will have a full-time staff of three and a service staff of about 20, said Austin Chamberlin, a partner in Complete L.L.C. He said pre-leasing is expected to begin in early 2015.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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