Richmond assisted living center project on track

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

$6 million project clears state certification process; city now looks to tax abatements to aid it

Another major hurdle has been cleared in the process of building an assisted living center in Richmond.Clearpath Senior Holdings, a St. Louis-based senior-living investment and development company, received approval from the state of Missouri for its Certificate of Need, according to Richmond City Administrator Ron Brohammer.

The state reviewed the facility’s proposed health care services, health costs and need in the area, along with letters of support from city, county and state political leaders. The certification took around four months to complete.

Groundbreaking on the $6 million, 50-bed facility is tentatively scheduled for March, Brohammer said, but it may be slightly delayed due to a somewhat lengthy process of tax abatement for the project.

“We need to move forward to do some tax abatement, hopefully, for them,” he said.

“That land is generating zero taxes forever,” Brohammer said of the 4.5 acres plat, originally part of the United Christian Presbyterian Church property on Spartan Drive. It was sold to the city in November 2011 for the specific purpose of a city park, named after the late Charles Hamann, a longtime RHS teacher and coach. Church members in July voted to approve the assisted living plan in lieu of a park.

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