State authorizes senior living project in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The state has approved a proposal for a $34 million senior housing project in Joplin that is among the projects proposed as part of the city’s recovery effort after a devastating May 2011 tornado.

The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved a certificate of need for the project after a hearing Monday, The Joplin Globe reported (http://bit.ly/16mPqXB ). The proposed development would be built on about 23 acres, with a variety of housing ranging from individual homes and apartments to secure rooms for those suffering from memory-related illnesses.

The Joplin City Council last week approved a site pre-development agreement for the project. The city’s contracted master developer, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, and its partner, O’Reilly Development Co., have proposed $804 million in projects for Joplin’s tornado redevelopment.

The housing development would include 100 homes. It will provide 80 rooms for assisted living, with 24 of those for residents who need memory care. More than half of the units will be available at reduced rates.

The Joplin Redevelopment Corp. will provide $6 million it will make from property sales for redevelopment projects and the city will give $4.5 million in federal community development funds for the development.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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