A regional leader in senior housing is partnering with the Chicago-based Charter Senior Living, a family-owned business specializing in senior living, to establish a senior living community in Hopkinsville that could begin construction this fall.

Company officials said the complex could be complete by winter of 2021.

Slated for development on Marie Drive near Kroger, it will be built on five acres of land and will include 51 independent living, 44 assisted living, and 20 memory care apartments in a mix of studio apartments and one- and two-bedroom suites.

David Kitchen, founder and CEO of DMK Development Group, said the development group along with Charter Senior Living conducted research in Kentucky and Tennessee and chose Hopkinsville based on unmet needs they saw.

“We closely analyzed all the senior housing operations in Hopkinsville and surrounding communities and confirmed the demand in the market for our type of senior community far outweighed the current supply,” he said.

Kitchen pointed to the compelling demographics and need in the community and added that discussions with local healthcare professionals, business people and residents indicated that “a facility like ours is very much needed,” he said.

Ross Oberhausen, DMK’s director of development and client operations, noted that the planned senior community will have 21 studio apartments, 33 one-bedroom suites and two two-bedroom units on the assisted living side.

“Our apartments have oversized closets with kitchenettes with individual climate controlled units,” he said. “We have a salon/spa, dining, activities, fitness center, bistro, library, and a beautiful courtyard with 4,800 square feet.”

He added that the courtyard will be covered for all-season enjoyment.

Oberhausen said there have also been discussions of another construction phase to include patio homes that will allow local seniors to age in place.

Additionally, the model for the planned facility has a secure memory care unit.

Oberhausen noted that DMK and Charter Senior Living are applying for a personal care licensure level to give them more freedom to care for all levels of acuity. The facility will have registered nurses on staff with 24-hour nursing care, and maintenance-free living and restaurant style dining will be provided.

Weeklong activities will address residents’ social, mental and health needs.

Oberhausen said the partners for the local senior living community aren’t targeting and certain age of seniors to become residents of the facility.

Because we offer so many lifestyle amenities any senior would be happy in our community living the best life possible with our customer-first approach,” he said.

He noted that 10,000 Americans turn 65 about every two weeks, and he said there’s a need to prepare for that aging population’s current and future need.

Charter Senior Living was described in a press release as a caring and compassionate leader within the senior living community which specializes in the growth of senior living communities. DMK, the press release noted, is a premier national senior housing/healthcare developer and general construction firm combining 30-plus years of healthcare development, operations and construction experience with unsurpassed service and value to a burgeoning healthcare market.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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