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Senior living facility proposed at former Ealy Elementary site

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 2, 2015

 The proposed site is a 117,000-square-foot single-story complex that would offer 130 assisted living and memory care apartments.

The proposed site is a 117,000-square-foot single-story complex that would offer 130 assisted living and memory care apartments.

File photo by Deb Jacques

WEST BLOOMFIELD — An assisted senior living and memory care community has been proposed for the site of the former Ealy Elementary School.

The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education approved the sale and purchase agreement with St. Louis-based Provision Living for $1.95 million.

The property is an 11.31-acre site with 658 feet of frontage on West Maple Road. The site was zoned R-15 — a residential zoning that allows for single-family homes, senior housing, senior assisted living, nursing homes, places of worship and child care facilities.

West Bloomfield Superintendent Gerald Hill said the board did not receive any requests for proposals from religious organizations, and the proposals that the board did receive were for senior and/or residential housing.

“The value that the school district could receive for the property was more than double for the senior (housing) as opposed to the residential,” Hill said. “It became an economic decision from the school district perspective when the proposals were analyzed.”

The next step for Provision Living — which operates 38 independent, assisted living and memory care communities throughout the Midwest and the Southeast — is to work with the township’s Planning Department, Hill said.

Per the purchasing agreement, Provision Living must “develop and make progress” before the purchase is finalized, Hill said. Though the district has an agreement, there are still approvals needed at the township level.

“One of those pieces in the agreement is to have a final closing date of June 1, 2016. Those moneys will be recognized in the 2015-16 budget,” Hill said, adding that it is uncertain at this time how the $1.95 million would be distributed in the district.

The proposed site is a 117,000-square-foot single-story community that would offer 130 assisted living and memory care apartments and unit options. Plans include amenities such as a beauty salon, an exercise room, therapy space, a movie theater, large common spaces and a dining room. The exterior design would feature landscaped courtyards, patios and walkways, according to a press release.

“We believe there is a considerable need and desire for a senior housing community of this kind in West Bloomfield,” Provision Living Principal Dave Baylis said in a press release. “This community would offer seniors and their families convenience and accessibility to the best in assisted living and memory care services.

“It is our mission to be the best place a senior has ever lived, and we hope to have the community to deliver on that promise.”

If the township approves the facility, the project could be under development before the end of this year. The facility is expected to offer about 70 jobs for health care professionals, administrators, managers, and kitchen and other staff needed to maintain operations.

“We had several high-quality proposals. The particular one that the board agreed with we feel is a top-notch developer of the type of housing that they’re proposing,” Hill said. “We feel that given the demographics of aging population across the U.S. … that there’s a need that this satisfies.”

Besides the future facility, within the township there are six independent living facilities, three assisted living facilities and six extended care facilities, according to Gary Proctor, West Bloomfield Fire Department EMS coordinator.