New Style Senior Housing Proposed in West Duluth

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2011 Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 9:46 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluthians on the West Duluth could soon have another option of where to live when they reach their golden years.

One proposed senior housing center plans could fill a void.

Trees and shrubs are currently sitting on a site where a $9 million idea is brewing, and location is everything.

"There isn't this type of facility for senior West of the Point of Rocks. There isn't and that's a huge part of Duluth, half of Duluth," said Charlie Bell, project coordinator.

The proposed senior housing building will consist of 32 independent living units, just off of Grand Avenue and within walking distance of Spirit Valley shops.

"It supports a community and also it has, you can walk to these things so it's a good healthy environment for them too,' said Bell.

It's a project that's been in the works for years.

"There's been a long term plan for putting senior housing in this location, and again, tying it into the business district and tying it into the residential neighborhood," said Pam Kramer, Duluth LISC.

She says it's helping to develop a new way of life.

"Really live in this neighborhood, without having to go to other parts of the community. It feels like a small town in a way, and this is a way for people to still live in West Duluth and open up opportunities for young families to live here," said Kramer.

It will allow more seniors on the West side to live closer to home.

"We know that this is going to be quite a project and building, and people are going to want to be here, and that's what we need, especially today."

Charlie Bell has been working with the City of Duluth and LISC among other organizations, but is still working to get final approval for the project.

Of course, it will take construction workers to build the housing, but once all is said and done, the center could have up to eight new full-time positions.

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