Health Care

Legend to build senior residence in northwest Wichita

Legend Senior Living said Thursday that it will build an assisted-living and memory care facility in the northwest part of the city, marking the company's fourth planned or built property in its hometown.

Legend's newest planned property, Legend at North Ridge Village and Reflections Memory Care, will comprise 50,000 square feet and be in the North Ridge Village Addition, near 37th North and Ridge Road.

The property will have 51 private assisted-living apartments and 15 private suites for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

WDM Architects designed the project, and Marlin Penner of NAI John T. Arnold Associates is handling the land purchase.

Marla Lopeman, Legend senior vice president, said the company is in the process of selecting a general contractor.

The new facility will employ 50 people.

The company also operates Park West Plaza at 505 N. Maize Road, an independent, assisted-living and nursing center, and the Regent, an independent living facility at 2050 N. Webb.

Legend plans to start construction in March on Regent Park near 13th and Greenwich, which will have 75 assisted-living and memory-care apartments adjacent to a 120-bed skilled-nursing and rehabilitation facility.

The privately held company also owns and operates senior living facilities elsewhere in Kansas and in Oklahoma and Florida.

It was founded in 2001 by Timothy Buchanan. He was a co-founder of the former Sterling House chain of assisted living centers.

Sterling House was acquired by Milwaukee-based Alterra Healthcare in 1997 in a $170 million deal.