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$16M senior living facility proposed

Greene County official says more such centers needed to deal with aging population.

By Sharahn D. Boykin - Staff Writer

A proposed $16 million private senior living community would bring about 350 temporary jobs and 40 permanent ones to the city and provide alternative housing for Beavercreek’s growing aging population.

The proposed community — Traditions of Beavercreek — would be located on 19 acres of land near the corner of Grange Hall and Shakertown roads, and it would include 90 assisted and 18 independent living residences.

Most of the jobs would be temporary construction positions, according to a proposal for the project.

“It’s low-intensity use on a property like that,” said Jeff McGrath, the city planning director. “It’s low traffic. No impact on school districts.”

According to a proposal for the project, the typical resident will be over age 85 and a non-driver, so the surrounding community will be impacted by little traffic. Residents will not be allowed to park vehicles on the property.

Beavercreek City Council will vote on the project next month, according to the city planning and zoning department.

The project developer, Leo Brown Group LLC is not seeking incentives or abatements from the city.

Leo Brown Group is a Indiana-based company that owns and operates senior living communities in the Midwest region including four communities in Indiana and one under construction in Granville. Leo Brown Group did not return phone calls from the Dayton Daily News seeking comment.

As the population ages, the need for senior housing is expected to increase, said Pete Williams, the Greene County interim development director.

“I don’t know that there’s any way around around it,” Williams said. “There’s going to be a larger need moving forward for these types of residential offerings for senior living. I wager that we will see more of them in the future.”

The city of Beavercreek’s population grew 19 percent over a 10-year period starting in 2000, according to U.S. Census data. About 37,984 residents were reported in 2000 compared to 45,193 in 2010. City residents ages 60 to 64 grew from 5 percent of the population to 7 percent during the same time period.

“If theirs (the proposed community) is the type of senior living facility that would be attractive to our residents … then that’s a positive,” Williams said.

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