Event celebrates senior housing

Rachael Keating/Clinton Herald(From left) Camanche City Administrator Andrew Kida, Park Vista Senior Housing Management President Julie Lonergan, Greywolf Partners CEO Joe Wagner, and Camanche Mayor Trevor Willis prepare to break ground for Park Vista Retirement Living Center in Camanche Tuesday.

CAMANCHE — Ground was broken Tuesday for a senior housing and assisted-living facility in Camanche.

Park Vista Subdivision developers and representatives of the city of Camanche held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 50-unit senior housing and assisted-living facility, which is anticipated to be completed and open to the community in June.

The new 42,000-square-foot facility will feature 50 units of independent-living, assisted-living and memory-care units. The facility will have several common rooms, including a living room, library, salon, movie theater, various activity rooms and dining and club areas.

“This is our first development in the state of Iowa,” Park Vista Senior Project Management President Julie Lonergan said. “One that I am personally so proud of because I grew up and have made my permanent home in Clinton. Camanche has pride and ownership in community and we are excited to provide the opportunity for the residents of Camanche to remain in this community where they love. As someone from this area I am also very proud as an employer to be able to promote job growth and retention by offering over 40 new jobs to this community.”

Camanche Mayor Trevor Willis said the city for the past few years has worked on providing a facility for senior citizens in Camanche, stating it was a need for the city. City Administrator Andrew Kida added this is the right development for the city to invest in based on the members of the community.

“I wanted to point out we’re committed to bringing development to the community,” Kida said. “Bringing smart development to the community. And based on the demographics of the community, this is smart development for the community. And I think many people agree with that. We look forward to being able to maintain the residents of Camanche for them to be able to stay in Camanche. That’s our goal.”