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Open house to show plans for possible senior complex

Published 9:24am Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ROME TOWNSHIP — Pirhl Developers from Cleveland will present a proposed plan for an assisted living complex for senior citizens at an open house Thursday at the St. Mary’s Medical Center modular clinics across from Fairland East Elementary School.

The tentative plans are to build a complex with 40 to 50 units on a site by the school. The project, which is being touted as affordable senior housing, is expected to cost $8 million and would be in partnership with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

Also part of the project would be a senior center.

“Where we could do meals,” Ralph Kline of the CAO said. “There will be the plans with how the project will tie in with the medical campus and the site. There will be photos of other products (by the developers) and what a typical unit would look like.”

Recently the CAO went to the Lawrence County Commissioners to get their commitment to put $100,000 from Community Block Development Grant funds to help with sewer line expansion for the senior project and possibly other housing projects in the eastern end.

The commissioners are expected to make that support formal at their meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The open house will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and Kline is hoping to get input from potential tenants from the area.

“What people like as far as amenities,” he said. “Do you like two-bedroom versus one-bedroom? Where people can look at the plans and it will give us the ability to talk to the trustees as far as site ingress and egress and providing services.”

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