Golden Pearl to open new Richfield facility by April 1

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

Oct. 15, 2017

The exterior of a vacant building on Helsan Drive in Richfield is seen Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Pearl in Saukville is expected to move to the location in Richfield.
John Ehlke/Daily News

The owner of a Saukville adult care business hopes to move into a new location in Richfield by April 1 at the latest. Lisa Perelshtein said the move to the new location in Richfield’s Helsan Business Park will allow the center to double in size from its current location in Saukville. The new location will be at 3018 Helsan Drive, which was the former location of offices for Saputo Cheese. “We could really, if we had to, move into the building as it is right now. It fits our needs perfectly, but there are changes we want to make in the building’s interior that are more wants than necessities,” Perelshtein said. “The move could happen faster because we have a waiting list to get into our facility. We have a meeting with village officials next week about when we could occupy the building and depending on how long it takes to complete paperwork with the bank, it could be sooner.” Village Administrator Jim Healy said an adult care center is allowed in the M-4 zoning district, but it must receive a conditional use permit from the village. “The village’s Consultant Planner Tim Schwecke said the business location may be perceived as a benefit to some of the surrounding local business’ employees who might conceivably use their services,” Healy said. “Its location also provides easy access off and on to Highway 41 to major employment centers in the metro-Milwaukee area.”

The business was granted the requested CUP, but needs village permission to do any outside work onto the facility’s site, such as having a garden or adding other outside features.

Perelshtein said exterior work won’t take place until next spring.

“The outside work will require us to submit a plan to the village,” she said.

She said Golden Pearl LLC offers programming for adults with disabilities as well as the frail elderly.

“We try to teach daily living skills, social responsibility and social skills in the community. We have occupational therapy, music and speech therapy as well as pet therapy,” Perelshtein said. “We work on large and small motor skills as well as promote self expression with song writing, poetry writing, reading, that kind of thing, as well arts and crafts and arts classes.”

Perelshtein said a big part of the programming at her facility is “getting out with the public.”

“We have a fleet of vehicles to take them around the community,” Perelshtein said. “We place our members in a lot of different types of social settings.”

Perelshtein said the business is currently located in a Saukville strip mall.

“We call it our concrete jungle because we are surrounded by concrete,” Perelshtein said. “At our new location, we have a very large green space that we are planning on making an accessible garden on in the back. There will be some raised beds so people with wheelchairs can have access there. There will be room for many other outdoor activities.”

Healy said Perelshtein has discussed pouring a concrete slab in the rear of the property for employees and clients to sit outside and eat.

“The pouring of the concrete slab does not require a permit from the village,” Healy said.

Perelshtein added that the business is not an overnight facility and will not be open on weekends or national holidays.

“With these needs being served comes the creation of more jobs,” Perelshtein said in the application. “This new space would provide us with what we need to grow the center and allow the waiting list to empty while creating more opening for future members and more jobs in the community.”

Healy said adult care centers allow working caregivers to continue to engage in the workforce with the comfort of knowing their family member is in a professionally staffed and supportive group program.