Archive for Thursday, February 4, 2010

Development that caters to retirees planned in west Lawrence

Project would cater to city’s independent retirees

A plan to build a retirement community in Lawrence is in the works. The building would house 124 units for retirees and would cost about $10 million.

February 4, 2010


A national developer of retirement communities is seeking to win approval for a $10 million project near Sixth Street and Folks Road in West Lawrence.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Hawthorn Retirement Group is finalizing plans for a three-story, 124-unit building that will house independent retirees.

“The residents who live with us can do all the day-to-day stuff that we all do,” said Dan Roach, the lead designer for the project. “The primary reason they live with us is that they don’t want to drive anymore.”

The project will be on the east end of the new Bauer Farm area, a northwest Lawrence retail and residential development designed to be pedestrian-friendly.

Roach said Hawthorn became interested in Lawrence after reviewing the city’s demographics. He said the company believes Lawrence will have a significant number of retirees in coming years, although he said the company’s focus won’t be on trying to attract new retirees to the market.

“There are a lot of people who have spent their entire careers in Lawrence, and we believe they’ll want to stay in Lawrence,” Roach said. “We try not to oversimplify it, but we often refer to it as the retired school teacher market — somebody who has a reasonable retirement but is still looking for a good value.”

All the living units in the projects will be suites, meaning that none of them will have kitchens. Instead, the facility will have a communal dining area that will serve three meals per day. Other amenities will include a swimming pool, community garden, a shared kitchen for people who want to cook their own meals, a beauty parlor, an exercise room, and a chapel.

Roach said the company hopes the project — which will require some planning approvals by City Hall — can begin in the late summer or fall, and be open about one year later.


hipper_than_hip 8 years, 2 months ago

Whatever happened to the retirement community that was approved for Sixth & Queens Road?

BigPrune 8 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like another apartment complex is in the works. Banks and apartment complexes are the only things the city likes.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

When are the retired tenants expected to arrive? 2025?

When are the tenants expected to arrive at Baur Farms?

What if the retired fail to show up? That new place on 15th street is still waiting.

Why would they want to live out west?

Why not downtown or next door to the lied center?

What in world are they going to do with themselves out there in boring ville?

Our local developers are always planning ahead for something that never materializes at a cost to we taxpayers. Empty houses,retirement centers,retail establishments,office buildings and warehouses cost existing taxpayers a ton of money. WE taxpayers are looked upon as quiet contributors to the new wealth of the real estate industry.

Wonder where your expendable cash is being spent without your permission? Don't forget USD 497....

puddleglum 8 years, 2 months ago

BigPrune (Anonymous) says…

Sounds like another apartment complex is in the works. Banks and apartment complexes are the only things the city likes.

hey, don't forget free and god bless!

rivercitymom 8 years, 2 months ago

What will these cost? Are they rentals or condos?

1029 8 years, 2 months ago

Crime in Lawrence is going to skyrocket if this absurd plan goes through, just like it has in other cities where some developer thought it would be a good idea to put a bunch of old folks together in one place. So much for the west side being the nice part of town. Bet that new Walmart is going to love having all these seniors loitering around, harassing customers, and stealing batteries all day.

somedude20 8 years, 2 months ago

the secret to these old people meat lockers (retirement communitie) is to keep the temp down so that the meat does not rot (die) as fast

BMI 8 years, 2 months ago

All the living units in the projects will be suites, meaning that none of them will have kitchens.

FAIL Retired people like to get up, make some coffee in their bathrobes without makeup or their hair done, make their own breakfast if they want to. Everyone I know that moved into a place that served food, found they used it sometimes, but only found it "acceptable" on the good days, not what they would call good food as the places generally follow guidelines for lower sodium, etc. They much prefer their own kitchens and to have the ability to go down and dine for lunch or dinner, or have food delivered to their rooms if they weren't feeling well enough to dress and go down to eat. In fact I have a good friend who just moved out of a place that had his own kitchen because he couldn't stand the retirement community setting at all. And he is in his mid 70's. Got his own apartment after having owned his own home all his life.

Sunny Parker 8 years, 2 months ago

I hope this does not get passed. 3 story building? Each 'room' with no kitchen?

No thanks!

HardwoodGoat 8 years, 2 months ago

Hurry! Hurry!! Build more useless crap out there! Maybe the elderly are attracted to the miles of magnificent breath taking telephone poles and power lines. I have lost quite a bit of faith in Lawrence. Soon it will become one giant speed trap like Leawood, but with much more greed.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

This whole deal about Lawrence being a great place for retired folks is more about how real estate companies fill in the blanks to get these types of notice.

These "best of" living places or top 10 are run by the real estate industries. The Kansas extreme heat and cold is not attracitve to the majority of retired senior citizens. That's why they go to Florida,Arizona,San Diego,south Texas,Mexico,Seattle etc etc etc.

This sounds a lot like a builder who has run out of building prospects. Much like shopping center developers do.

These empty living quarters cost existing taxpayers money which is subsidizing the developers. Lawrence/Douglas County does not make builders/property owners pay personal property taxes on empty living quarters.

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