A Wichita senior living facility plans to raze its existing independent living units and build new, according to a company official and city documents.
Prairie Homestead hopes to begin demolishing six of its 12 independent living complexes – which feature nine apartment units each – this spring, administrator Diane Hull said Monday. The facility is at 1605 May St., which is near Meridian and Southwest Boulevard.
The facility is scheduled to request a letter of intent for revenue bond financing through the city at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The cost of the project is expected to be up to $6.5 million, Hull said, with the bond amount not to exceed $4 million.
“We hope to begin demolition in April or May,” Hull said. “These buildings went up back in the mid-1960s, and were built for 40 years of use. Obviously, we’ve gotten our 40 years out of them.
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“They’re obsolete now. We need something more current with what seniors are wanting in an apartment – they want a washer and dryer and things that we don’t have at this point.”
Hull said Prairie Homestead plans to rebuild six buildings – which will feature four apartment units each – on the same footprint of the old buildings. The remaining six independent living buildings will come down during a later phase of the project, Hull said, before the final six new buildings go up.
A commons facility will also be razed and replaced. Including its assisted living complex – which was built in 2008 – Prairie Homestead is home to about 120 residents, Hull said. A small number of residents will be required to move due to the renovations, Hull added.
The nonprofit is requesting City Council approval of a letter of intent that would run through 2017, according to city documents.