The $35 million building project at Wichita Presbyterian Manor will affect about 40 residents of the senior living community at 4700 W. 13th St., an executive of its parent company said Friday.
Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, said 30 independent living units in which those residents live will have to be razed for construction of a new assisted-living complex and skilled-nursing facility. So those residents will have to move, either to another Presbyterian Manor community — the closest is in Newton — or to another senior living community in Wichita.
“We understand this is probably a traumatic time … and, again, this was an agonizing decision for us (as a board) to make,” Shogren said. “Unfortunately this … is a transition that we have to work through.”
The Eagle on Thursday received calls and e-mails from residents and family members of residents who will be affected by the project, which is expected to break ground sometime in spring 2013.
The two-phase project includes construction of 48 assisted-living apartments, 24 assisted-living memory-support suites and 50 skilled-nursing beds. Construction of those facilities will take place where the majority of Presbyterian Manor’s independent-living cottages sit. A 90-unit independent-living facility will be constructed in the second phase of work.
Two residents who contacted The Eagle about their displacement declined to be quoted or named for this story.
Shogren said Wichita Presbyterian Manor officials have had one meeting this week with affected residents, but said it was likely that not all of them attended. He said a group of six directors and leaders from Presbyterian Manor have begun meeting with affected residents individually. Officials also have scheduled a meeting for next week.
“We are trying, with our residents and family members, to be as open as we can be,” he said.
Besides trying to place affected residents at other Presbyterian Manor communities — there are 18 in Kansas and Missouri, including Wichita — Shogren said officials began contacting other senior living communities in the area to try to find alternatives for residents who don’t want to move to another city.
He said all affected residents will be offered up to $2,500 for moving expenses and up to $2,500 for their first month’s rent at a new independent-living apartment.
Shogren said residents have between seven and eight months before they have to move.