Starkville – Construction is expected to begin in September on a 16-acre retirement community planned by two local developers, Charlie Morgan of Morgan Construction Company and Larry Tabor of Tabor Construction and Development.
The developers will partner with ProMatura Group LLC of Oxford on an assisted-living facility that will be part of the private, gated community located on Academy Road bordering Zone Seven Garden Center.
Completion of the community is expected in the spring of 1999. At that time ProMatura will be responsible for managing and operating the assisted-living facility. Morgan and Tabor will oversee the architectural design, engineering and construction of the facility and surrounding acreage.
“This announcement is very exciting news for our community,” said Sherrie VanLandingham, executive director of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Starkville does not have a full-service retirement community with both independent and assisted-living facilities, and it is something that we have needed for a long time. It will also be an asset to our overall retirement development program.”
Dr. Margaret Wylde, CEO and president of ProMatura Group, said the assisted-living facility which will be known as Academy Place has been in planning for several years.
“We feel strongly that this development will be a source of pride for the people of Starkville,” said Wylde, whose company has worked on more than 180 similar projects for assisted living and retirement community developments across the U.S. “I am thoroughly impressed with Starkville, its leaders and its people.”
VanLandingham said ProMatura first discussed the proposed project with chamber officials back in 1995.
“They are experts in their field, and we are delighted they are going into partnership with our local developers and private investors,” VanLandingham said. “There is no doubt that a quality retirement community will be built as a result of this partnership.”
Starkville Mayor Mack Rutledge said the retirement community will be a welcome addition to Starkville.
“This addresses a need that many of us have noticed,” Rutledge said. “I am pleased to say this is just one of the many things happening to make Starkville a more enjoyable place to live.”
Academy Place will include a 38,000-square-foot assisted living facility, 40 patio home lots, and 50 condominium lots for one and two bedroom condos. The two-story central residence will house 48 apartments, a restaurant-style dining room, beauty-barber shop, community store, laundry rooms, exercise room, activities room, day service rooms, staff offices and meeting rooms. The independent and assisted-living apartments will be a mixture of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom models.
“All apartments will feature state-of-the-art emergency response systems which allow residents to call for assistance in an emergency by simply pushing a button located on a bracelet or pendant worn by the resident,” Tabor said.
Transportation, education, entertainment and religious programs will also be available to Academy Place residents. All services and amenities, including up to three meals per day and bi-weekly house cleaning services, are included in the rent for independent living residents.
Assisted-living services will include assistance managing medications, dressing, bathing and other needs. The standard assisted-living service package will include 24-hour protective oversight, three meals per day, morning and afternoon snacks, weekly housekeeping, laundry/linen service, and a full program of resident-centered activities. Three additional service packages will also be available to assisted living residents.
For retirees who want the benefits of full service with the convenience of owning their own home, Academy Place`s patio homes will range in size from 1,200 to 2,200 square feet, with expanded plans available. Single-story condominiums will also be available for rental or purchase. The condominiums will range in size from 250 to 1,200 square feet. One monthly fee will cover the cost of lawn and exterior maintenance, 24-hour personal emergency response system, 24-hour security and weekly trash pick-up for the homes and condominiums.
Academy Place may also provide services for day residents which would provide many of the same services provided to residents for day residents.