As a native and current resident of Clinton, Lonergan expressed her knowledge of the area as an asset that she believes will provide a different look to the market that an outside developer would not grasp.
“Hopefully being a resident of Clinton I can bring something as far as insider knowledge to this,” Lonergan said.
That “insider knowledge” has already proved to be beneficial as Lonergan already knows what the competing senior living centers offer, a supply she said is insufficient to the demand.
She expects the second phase of the study will be completed in two or three weeks when she will return to the Camanche City Council to discuss the next step.
With an opportunity to investigate the area with no cost, City Administrator Tom Roth said he couldn’t pass on the opportunity, and he appreciated that a local company wanted to get involved.
“I think it’s a really positive development because of two things,” Roth said. “Number one we don’t have to upfront that cost for the study, and let’s face it $12,000 is real money to anybody. And, number two, if you do have a local business that wants to be involved I think that’s a real positive on many different levels.”