A groundbreaking for the new Timber Pines Senior Living community will be held next month near Welia Health (formerly First Light) in the North Ridge Center in the Pine City.
The senior living community is being built by Summit Development in conjunction with Walker Methodist and is designed to help keep aging residents in their communities.
During a recent interview on WCMP, Pine City Mayor Carl Pederson said, "People are leaving because this type of housing is not here."
Before deciding to build in Pine City, the developer completed a demand study. They found that there is a demand for nearly 300 units for people who are living within a 10-mile radius of the area.
Mayor Pederson went onto discuss the need for memory care in the area which this facility will contain 24 units specially designed for people with Alzheimer's.
"We have that need in our community. It has clearly been expressed, and we've had meetings with families who have loved ones who are being afflicted," said Pederson.
Timber Pines will also act as its own hub for both its residents and community members. Walker Methodist's Elizabeth Meyer said that the facility will host a state of the art fitness center plus anytime dining with a deli and grill.
The facility will also add an additional 60 to 75 jobs here in the Pine City community.
The groundbreaking for Timber Pines Senior Living will take place on Tuesday, October 8.
You can listen to the full interview with Mayor Pederson, Summit Development, and Walker Methodist on the WCMP website under the "On-Demand" tab.