New faith-based Senior Living Community coming to Hixson
An 8-million dollar senior living community is headed to Hixson. We look into the cost for potential residents, and how a local church plans to get involved.?
There's a growing need in Chattanooga for assisted senior living.
"Chattanooga is the 2nd most affordable and best place to retire in the United States," said Ronnie Phillips, Jr., Senior Associate Pastor of Abba's House in Hixson.
So there's no question why Dominion Senior Living is choosing to plant roots in Hixson.
The $8 million dollar, 47,000 square foot project will reside on the campus of Abba's House and will house 64 units for independent seniors and those needing a little assistance, with an additional wing just for Alzheimer's patients.
"We're pretty confident we're going to meet the needs of an under-served market and deliver an exceptional quality living experience," said Josh Crisp, Senior Vice President, Dominion Senior Living.
Crisp says the senior living community will be affordable to 65% of the seniors that would want or need the service, and while prices aren't set in stone, he says they will be at or below the market rate.
"We want to design our services and our pricing to where we are able to capture the biggest demand that's in the market," said Crisp.
But this community isn't just fulfilling the physical need; with the help of Abba's house, they're filling the spiritual one too.
"We'll get to go minister to the folks, bereavement counseling. We'll stream our services there, we'll help feed them and the ones that want to come to Abba's house. We'll transport them from the community," said Phillips.
So they can take care of the ones that have given so much to their community.
"The senior adults need to understand that they're still valuable and that they're truly a lifeline of our church," said Phillips.
The project is set to start in the next two months. It is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2016. The construction is said to create nearly 50 jobs.
For more information on the Dominion Senior Living of Hixson, click here.