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Assisted living center coming to Home Hospital site

A multi-million dollar development is in the works for the former Home Hospital site. An assisted living facility will be built on the site, costing roughly $14 million.

Officials with developer Mainstreet Property Group say the project could be completed as soon as next summer.

Director of development Doug Pedersen says amenities at the building will make it more like a hotel and less like a hospital.

"The goal is to get people out of their rooms and into common areas or destinations within the facility, such as a theater or a cafe or a salon. And the more active people are, the happier, generally, they are.”

He says this approach is better for getting people healthy and back in their homes.

Mainstreet has opted to make the project a planned development, meaning the group will work closely with the City of Lafayette to refine plans going forward. Pedersen says construction could begin as early as October.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says the project is a good economic move for the city.

"It will create over 100 jobs that are decent-paying jobs. It'll have minimal impact on the neighborhood in a negative way, but it'll add a beautiful structure that's going to have a lot of green space, a trail system that we can connect our city trail system to."

He says developments like this also can help stabilize property taxes in an area.

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