Another new development

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldCamanche City Administrator Andrew Kida, council member Paul Varner, mayor Trevor Willis, developers Jay and Lisa Saxon, and contractor Tim Sachsenmaier break ground at the site for the future Harbor Knoll Condominiums in Camanche.

CAMANCHE — Harbor Knoll Condominium, to be at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue in Camanche, is coming.

Six golden shovelers, including the owner Jay Saxon, and another groundbreaking earlier this week, symbolized a new beginning in Camanche — one headed for senior living.

Saxon, a city councilman and the developer of the project, sought to fill a living void for older generations. He noticed people leaving the city, some who had lived in Camanche their whole lives, to stay in assisted homes in Clinton and outside the community.

Each condo will be 1,330 square feet, two bedrooms and have a two-car garage. A wheelchair accessible master bathroom also will be included. They are heated with energy-efficient geothermal and radiant floor heat, and “an attractive open floor plan perfect to help seniors and people with motility issues maintain their independence for years to come,” reads a Harbor Knoll press release.

For Saxon, he just wants the people of Camanche to “age in place” — or at least not feel like leaving is the only option. The condos are single floor; there is not one step in the design. The thought behind a flat floor plan is that it is a safer, more enjoyable living space.

Just days before Friday’s groundbreaking, Park Vista Subdivision, a retirement living center, had the same ceremony. The two senior living facilities are part of a city plan to ensure this “bedroom community” tends to all its residents for as long as they live in Camanche.

These developments are something City Administrator Andrew Kida hopes will keep its senior population in Camanche.

“This is a great opportunity for the city,” Mayor Travis Willis said.

“It gives the opportunity for people that wouldn’t normally be able to stay in this town, to stay here.”

This pattern of building is something Camanche is actively working on. Kida said that the city’s been trying to convert empty lots, make use of the space, and dedicate it to the seniors of Camanche.

Aside from some geothermal work, Saxon contracted all local labor; geothermal came from within 10 miles. He did this on purpose since it matches the living center’s goal to service the community.

The project was financed with help from First Gateway Credit Union and Sachsenmaier Construction is the contractor. Being on the other side of the council table, Saxon noted the difficulties of jumping through some necessary hoops to accomplish this vision.