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Liberty Township business park set to break ground for Journey Senior Living

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Construction in Porter Business Park is continuing on a 14,000 sq. ft. retail strip building owned by Janis Development. Next up will be a groundbreaking for a 100,000 sq. ft. assisted living and memory care facility.

Project Coordinator Patty Stovall and Pat Kleihege of St. Andrews Development on Wednesday announced more details regarding plans for Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso that is slated for construction in the last quarter of 2016.

Kleihege said zoning for the facility was approved by Porter County last spring. The site is now zoned Institutional adjacent to the Office and Technology zone in the central area of Porter Business Park, located immediately west of the Porter Regional Hospital property at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Twp.

“We have had people ask us what we are doing and things are now starting to develop,” said Kleihege.

Journey Senior Living is being developed by the Argent Group of Chicago. Operating will be Journey Senior Living, LLC of Bourbonnais, Ill. which is also opening a senior community in Merrillville this year.

The project is out for bid with Madison Construction and plans include a total of 100 units with 76 dedicated to assisted living and 24 dedicated to memory care.

Stovall said more details will be given closer to the start of construction.

The estimated timeframe for construction is 12 to 18 months, Kleihege said.

This will be the second groundbreaking for the business park which has 68 acres of developable land.

In June, construction was kicked off for Janis Development’s retail building. Right now, the building’s foundation is in and walls are going up this week, Kleighe said. There will be space for eight units and two tenants are planning to move in by the end of the year, Stovall added.

Stovall also said a national brand restaurant with a drive thru is to start construction “sometime in the near future” at the corner of the main drive and U.S. 6. She said developers are not yet ready to reveal the identity of the restaurant chain, but expect to soon.

Kleihege said there is demand by hospital workers and visitors for a restaurant since the closest places to eat are either in Chesterton or Valparaiso.


Posted 8/18/2016





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