Senior living facilities geared specifically toward persons ages 55
and up are sprinkled throughout Oconomowoc. Several new proposals on
the horizon mean the number of available units could skyrocket in
the years ahead.
are in the early stages of reviewing two new senior living
developments in different sections of the community.
Developments, in conjunction with Senior Housing Partners, is
proposing a housing complex on a 22acre site recently annexed from
the Town of Oconomowoc at N55-W36909 Lisbon Road.
the city, a dormant property that once housed a YMCA at 1101 Silver
Lake St. could be transitioned into another senior living
development. Sierra Land Holdings, which acquired the property, is
working with Matter Senior Living in studying the feasibility of
such a project.
If the plans
proposed by Senior Housing Partners and Matter Senior Living
proceed, they will be in good company. Oconomowoc already has a
number of senior living facilities dotting the landscape.
The list of
established venues includes Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc, 540 E.
Forest St.; Shorehaven, 1305 W. Wisconsin Ave.; The View at Pine
Ridge, 1010 Pine Ridge Drive; and Wilkinson Woods, 999 Summit Ave.
from at least one of the properties, Shorehaven, have gone on record
and weighed in on the plans circling through city channels.
existing service industries need to maintain their high standard of
care,” Dale Dahlke, chief operating officer with Shorehaven, said in
an email statement provided to the Enterprise. “The current labor
market is a concern for all of us.”
official decisions have been made, recent comments at Common Council
meetings have indicated there is support for the projects — at least
on the surface.
Speaking to the
Sierra Land Holdings-Matter Senior Living project at a council
meeting Tuesday, Mayor Dave Nold said the project “provides a
service the community needs.”
the two new projects on the table have different plans in this early
phase of planning.
Partners has submitted a conceptual plan calling for 120 independent
units, 20 assisted living units and 18 memory care units.
In an interview
with the Enterprise, Lisa Albain, a project developer with Senior
Housing Partners, said the mix of units — custom tailored to the
Oconomowoc property — have been proposed after reviewing the needs
of the market. “We found that there’s been a strong demand for
congregational senior living (in Oconomowoc),” Albain said. “This
gives residents an opportunity to age in place. We want to be able
to provide that next stay for them.”
Living’s plans in the city are still being fleshed out. The company
is in the midst of a so-called due diligence phase to determine if
the former YMCA site will work with a proposal that could include 64
units, of which 24 would be designated for residential care. While
no firm decision is expected in the immediate future on Matter
Senior Living’s proposal, city officials could act on Senior Housing
Partners’ proposal for the annexed land this spring.
City Planner and
Zoning Administrator Jason Gallo said two public hearings on the
proposal are slated next month. The Plan Commission will take
comments March 14, and the Common Council will follow suit March 20.