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Senior living set for NewMarket

Ground will be broken within 90 days for Oxford at NewMarket, a 66,000-square-foot senior living center just north of 29th North and Maize Road.
Ground will be broken within 90 days for Oxford at NewMarket, a 66,000-square-foot senior living center just north of 29th North and Maize Road. Courtesy illustration

A senior living community is being developed adjacent to NewMarket Square, on a 40-acre site just north of 29th Street North off Maize Road.

Ground will be broken for Oxford at NewMarket, a $12 million, 66,000-square-foot assisted living and memory center, sometime in the next 90 days, said Pat Ayars, president of Oxford Development Holdings, the project developer.

Oxford is working in conjunction with Slawson Cos., developers of NewMarket Square.

"It's an exciting project for us and one that I think greatly enhances NewMarket Square and west Wichita," Ayars said.

Plans call for offices and medical buildings along 29th Street North, Ayars said.

The senior living community will include villas, luxury independent living and skilled nursing services — 53 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care units, Ayars said. The project layout includes about 13 acres of water features and walking paths.

Jerry Jones, vice president for commercial development at Slawson Cos., said the project is a perfect complement to commercial and residential development in the NewMarket area.

"They've put together a first-class plan capable of delivering a world-class senior community to this part of Wichita," Jones said. "This project will be an asset for this neighborhood, and northwest Wichita."

LawKingdon Architecture is the project designer, with company vice president Dan Dokken the lead architect. Ayars & Ayars of Lincoln, Neb., a company formed by Ayars and his family, is the general contractor.

The senior living community is Oxford's third project, following its acquisition of River Rock Assisted Living in Jackson, Wyo., and its development of the Glen Carr House memory enrichment residence in Derby.

All facilities are managed by Oxford's affiliate company, Oxford Management Group, led by Jason Wiley and Eric Legleiter.

Oxford Development Holdings is a Wichita company that develops and acquires senior communities.

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