Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Nancy Wichmer, Marketing
Most of us desire to remain in our own homes as we age. But, when those plans can’t be realized, caregivers of elderly people look for alternative living environments. Fortunately for those in the Joplin area, the O’Reilly Development Company will soon offer a new 130,500 square foot, $24 million senior living facility in the Wildwood Ranch development.
In January 2016, Olsson Associates started professional engineering services for O’Reilly’s 19-plus acre tract, located southwest of West Wildwood Ranch Boulevard and South John Duffy Drive in western Joplin, Missouri. The project scope includes a proposed senior living community comprised of memory care units, both assisted and independent living facilities, parking areas, and driveways.
“Our team is excited to move forward with such a supported project to the Joplin market,” said Denise Heintz, partner and director of operations and development for O’Reilly Development. “This facility will benefit the region’s employment by creating about 65 new jobs that will include highly skilled and licensed staff positions.”
Olsson services for this project include site/civil and geotechnical engineering, boundary and topographic surveying, and platting. The senior community will include 80 independent living units, 50 assisted living units, and 16 memory care units with full community services and amenities. Olsson project manager, Jane Earnhart, said this type of project hits home for her.
“I have always enjoyed being a part of the design for senior living facilities,” Jane said. “Now that my own parents are at the age where senior living is a choice to consider, I have another perspective regarding the importance of this type of facility.”
The Wildwood Senior Living community is currently in the construction phase. All construction and related municipal sanitary sewer extension improvements are expected to be completed by early fall of 2018.
“We are humbled by the unanimous support we have received from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, city and state leaders,” said Patrick O’Reilly, partner of O’Reilly Development. “It’s an honor to participate in the redevelopment of Joplin.”