Downtown senior center plans outlined
Would be on part of former Gehl site

By McLean Bennett

June 5, 2019

WEST BEND — A developer has proposed building an “active senior living community” on a downtown-area property where a factory once operated.

Common Council members late Monday voted unanimously to enter into concerted talks toward finalizing a purchase agreement with Minnesota-based RNT Development LLC for the project.

The firm is expected to work with New Perspective Senior Living, which already operates a memory care and independent and assisted living facility at 2130 Continental Drive in West Bend.

“The new development is proposed to be for active seniors who will then have the luxury of enjoying our vibrant downtown while living in a facility with outstanding amenities provided by a company with a proven track record of success,” the city said in a news release announcing the potential development.

“It would comp downtown West Bend very well,” Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said after closed-session discussions with the developers at Monday’s council meeting.

Negotiations are still ongoing to sell to the developers about a 4.45-acre parcel where the Gehl company once operated a factory. The factory actually occupied about an 8-acre property near the corner of Forest Avenue and Water Street, but the city is considering splitting that property to entice developers.

The city has already moved toward approving selling the other half of the former Gehl factory site. On Monday, council members approved a $1 purchase agreement with developers who have proposed building a new hotel and offices on about a 3.3acre portion of the property. Sadownikow has earlier said the city could break ground on the project by next spring.

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