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Journey Senior Living Center set for opening in January

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Walls are up and utilities are in for the $18 million Journey Senior Living Center in Porter Business Park, the development located to the west of Porter Regional Hospital at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Twp.

Company President Blair Minton and Marketing Director Laura Carpenter told the Chesterton Tribune that the approximately 90,000 sq. ft. building is expected to be completed in November, with a grand opening in January.

The center will have 76 units for assisted living and 24 units for memory care. Minton said there will be up to 100 full-time employees hired, which is a higher staff-to-resident ration than most other senior care facilities.

Jobs opportunities will be available for resident assistants, certified nursing assistants, registered nurses and cooks. Minton said the company is currently interviewing candidates for an executive director position and a marketing director.

Journey Senior Living bases its mission and service on the tenets of safety, security, love, compassion and dignity, Minton said.

“We have a genuine interest in our residents. They become our family and not someone taking up space. We treat our employees like family, too. We have a very low turnover,” he said.

Minton has 35 years’ background in building and managing assisted living facilities. He started Journey Senior Living once retiring from BMA Management in 2012.

The company has opened two facilities last year, one in Merrillville behind the Star Plaza Theater and one in Ankeny, Iowa, just north of Des Moines. Minton said there are hopes for more centers in Northwest Indiana and in Iowa.

Journey Senior Living in Porter Business Park broke ground in December by the Orland Park-based Madison Construction and work continued through the mild winter.

“I think we missed only one day because of the weather, which is absolutely amazing,” Minton said. He thanked the business park’s developer Pat Kleighe and project manager Patty Stovall for their help.

Memory care units will be on the first floor while assisted living apartments will be on the top three floors. The center will feature a full activity schedule for its residents, chef-prepared meals, in-house therapy sessions, a four-seasons room and an outdoor circular courtyard for families to gather for events.

Carpenter said there will be an open house hosted by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for the public at about the time of the grand opening in January. She said persons interested in residency can call her at (219)-525-4123 to be put on a contact list.

The website for the Journey Senior Living Center in Porter Business Park will be ready in the next 30 days that will provide more details, Milton said.

Other developments

Stovall, said she is in talks with two possible tenants who would occupy space in the Janis Development commercial retail building near the Park’s entrance at U.S. 6 which is zoned commercial.

She said one is a book and gift shop business and the other is a family-style restaurant which could open sometime next year.

The restaurant would meet demand for visitors of Porter Regional Hospital who wish not to travel far for a place to eat, she said.

One tenant is currently operating in the building, Quest Diagnostics, which opened in April.

Food trucks

The business park has been hosting food truck events each Thursday this summer, continuing until the end of August. The trucks are set up on the west side of the driveway across from the hospital, south of Journey Senior Living is under construction.

The events have seen great turnouts, Stovall said. The next are scheduled for Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31.



Posted 8/10/2017




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