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Plans to be unveiled Friday for Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living - Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, ND – Architectural plans for Lutheran Social Services Housing’s renovation of the former Jamestown Hospital will be unveiled at 1:30 pm Friday, March 16, at an event in the former cafeteria of the hospital site at 419 5th Street NE, Jamestown. Federal, state and local officials are expected to attend, including US Senator John Hoeven.

According to Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services Housing, the renovation will result in the inaugural site for Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living apartments for older adults, a new model of independent senior living with optional services that Lutheran Social Services Housing also plans to introduce in Williston and Wahpeton, ND, over the next two years.

In addition to creating Legacy Living apartments for older adults, the complex – which will be named Legacy Center when finished later in 2012 – will serve as a new home for the James River Senior Center and all its services, as well for ME’s 21st Century Learning Center, a child care program which will have dedicated space inside Legacy Center along with new outdoor playgrounds. The existing Jamestown Regional Medical Center Wellness Center, already housed within the complex, will stay open throughout the renovation period and will remain as a key partner. Legacy Center will also offer a coffee house and snack bar that will be open to the public.

The hospital renovation will create a total of 51 new rental apartments including both subsidized and market-rate units. Market-rate units will be available to adults age 55+ and subsidized units are open to individuals age 62 and older. All residents will have access to the same array of amenities.

“Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living will help to define high-quality “aging-in-place” housing in North Dakota’s smaller cities,” Thomasson noted.

Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living allows seniors to remain living independently for as long as possible in the comfort of their home town—near family, lifelong neighbors and their customary place of worship.

“Lutheran Social Services Housing is committed to this facility-with-services model based on its mission of service to those who want to remain in their smaller communities rather than having to relocate to larger cities when needs arise for additional services,” Thomasson said.

U.S. Senator John Hoeven—who will be an honored guest at tomorrow’s event— noted: “It is important that we work together to provide affordable housing options for our state’s seniors. It is even more important that we work to design housing for seniors that enables our citizens to remain in their communities, near their families, friends, and churches. This project meets these important goals, and renovating the Jamestown Hospital to provide senior housing will be a real asset to the Jamestown community.”

Funding and low-interest financing for the project is being provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Unison Bank, Eastern Dakota Housing Alliance and the Enterprise Community Loan Fund. Design and construction is being led by Roers Development and Roers Construction, Fargo, and JLG Architects, Minneapolis.

The reception for Friday’s event announcing Legacy Center’s new program partners has a guest list of civic and political leaders and is co-sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of DesMoines, Unison Bank and Roers Development.

Lutheran Social Services Housing supports the continued vitality of North Dakota’s smaller communities by providing housing and housing-related services, with 10 rental housing projects currently completed and under management and an additional seven projects in various stages of development. Programs include Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living rental communities for older adults.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a nonprofit social services agency serving North Dakotans from offices in five cities with 19 programs, including Lutheran Social Services Housing, that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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For more on Lutheran Social Services Housing and its community development activities throughout North Dakota, please contact Director Jessica Thomasson at 701-429-4298.

To apply for future housing at Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living – Jamestown, contact Lutheran Social Services Housing at 701-271-3207 or housing@lssnd.org

Lutheran Social Services of ND news media contact: Kathryn Trill, communications manager, at 701-271-3289 or ktrill@lssnd.org.

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