PROGRESS RPEORT: Retirement community plans grand expansion

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By JASON COX
Of The Keizertimes

Emerald Pointe Retirement Community is breaking ground this spring on cottage units designed for the active retiree.

Jeff Hawkins, owner and manager of the north Keizer facility, said 11 units will be complete by around July. He plans a total of 38 two bedroom, two-bath homes for those who may want to downsize, but can still function independently.

“It allows us to appeal to that younger person, recently retired, who is more mobile and wants to get out and travel,” Hawkins said.

Walking paths will meander throughout the 11-acre campus, wide enough for golf carts. Each unit has a garage with a charger for a cart, Hawkins said, “so in the morning it’s ready to go.”

The units will be part of a gated community, and each one will have an emergency call button. They will be what Hawkins called “handicap-adaptable” – meaning infrastructure is in place for things like grab bars in the bathtub, but they won’t be initially installed.

In addition, Hawkins said, he’s beginning the process of developing what will be a 95-unit assisted care facility on the Emerald Pointe campus. He expects that building to open in about two years.

Their existing building has 144 residential units. Hawkins hopes Emerald Pointe will be a place where retirees can “age-in-place.”

“A couple can move into a cottage in their early to mid 70s, remain independent and active,” Hawkins said. “When they get tired of doing the cooking and things like that they can come to more of an apartment setting here in the big building.”

Once the assisted living facility is complete, Hawkins said, couples who need differing levels of individual care can remain on the same campus “instead of having to drive across town.

“Our goal has always been to allow families to stay together as much as possible and not force them to be separated,” Hawkins said.

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