Senior housing starting to meet demand in Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- The Twin Ports is known for having a lack of housing, and when it comes to senior housing, the results are no different.

The senior population is ever-growing and housing options are shrinking..but two new options in Superior are helping to ease that burden.

For the Lighthouse of Superior senior assisted living facility, it was all about timing..

"This community has been running close to 100 percent occupancy for quite sometime and we just felt that an addition was due," said Todd Novaczyk, CEO of New Perspective Senior Living .

The facility is expanding and broke ground on 32 new senior apartments.

The senior population in the Twin Ports is booming, and the company needs to keep up with the demand.

"There's a need for this in Superior and Duluth. There's more seniors that would like to live someplace with options and services available and there is no place for them to go," said Colleen Morgan, Executive Director of Lighthouse of Superior.

The apartments will open by the end of the year and include the following amenities..

"warm water therapy pool, occupational therapy, physical therapy, a bistro restaurant, art room, a workshop for the men," said Morgan.

Just last month officials broke ground on another senior housing complex on the 1300 block of Weeks Avenue in Superior.

Grand Central Plaza, a five and a half million dollar, 50 unit senior housing development will include 44 income based housing units for seniors.

Mayor Bruce Hagen says the city is in desperate need of more housing for seniors, and housing in general.

"I have to believe, and I have to say it's probably the primary issue in our community. We have no trouble finding quality jobs coming to town. We have great trouble having people live here," said Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen.

The new apartments at Lighthouse of Superior should be open by Thanksgiving.

Grand Central Plaza should be open by May of 20-15

Lighthouse of Superior already has a waiting list for the new apartments.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati