Joplin fills vacant lots with independent senior living homes

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Ever since the May 2011 tornado struck Joplin, large portions of land near the intersection of 26th and Maiden Lane have been vacant. But a number of construction projects are changing that.

Although actual construction has already begun, a formal groundbreaking was held near 26th and Maiden Lane for what will be Memorial Hills. The complex will offer 54 one and two bedroom apartment homes for those who are age 62 and older that meet certain income guidelines.

“This is a very important milestone within the city’s redevelopment,” says Mike Seibert, mayor of Joplin.

Joplin mayor Mike Seibert says it’s one of the final pieces in the community’s recovery from the May 2011 tornado, and filling a void in the senior housing landscape. Seibert says the location couldn’t be more convenient.

“We’re close to shopping, we’re close to our new Mercy park, and just over the horizon from this complex is the new senior center. So to have affordable seniors living in this part of the community I think is critical,” says Mike Seibert.

Not only will this project provide affordable senior housing for people who already live here, Chamber of Commerce President Rob O’Brian says the convenience of this location may just cause people to move here.

“And they are thinking of retirement, the things they mention are the fact that we have great medical care in the area, we have good transportation, we have good community amenities and this location is very close to our medical community, and will probably spur additional development when people see something coming out of the ground here,” says Rob O’Brian.

Memorial Hills will cost $9.4 million dollars and could be ready for occupancy by January of next year.

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