UPDATE: Cache County considering new senior housing proposal

Discussions are proceeding on a proposed partnership between Cache County and a Salt Lake City company (Rick Plewe & Associates) to build a new Senior Citizen Center and about 200 apartments in Logan. “Last Tuesday night Tom Jensen, who is the architect for this, came to the meeting as did Rick Plewe who is putting it together,” said County Executive Lynn Lemon. “They asked us if we would, in concept only, agree to it so it could go to the Logan City Planning Commission. “Our goal is to get an upgraded Senior Center, their goal is to develop some apartments in the downtown area and we think there is value to looking at a way that we could get a new Center and also drive revenue as a result of that – something that would actually help fund the Senior Center on a long term basis.” Is there enough land to build a new Senior Citizen Center and 200 apartments where the current Senior Citizen Center stands? “Plewe and Associates have obtained an option on some land adjacent to the Senior Center and it would be a combination of that land and the land the Senior Citizen Center now sits on.” “We really are in the preliminary stages of this. Remember, the County hasn’t agreed to this yet. We have agreed in concept, in order for it to proceed to the planning commission. “This is a proposed five-story facility and I think there are going to be some issues as it relates to that. There are a number of issues as to whether there is a demand for it. I think there are a lot of positives. There are certainly concerns we have and we’ve got to get all of those nailed down before the County will sign to be a part of it.” Could an adult day center be part of the proposed project? “We’ve talked about that but we’ve said we don’t want this to be an adult day center. If Sunshine Terrace can’t make an adult day care center, I don’t think we want to take that on. The County already has enough challenges as it relates to funding the Senior Center.” It appears any proposed timetable projects completion at least two years into the future. “They’re talking about taking it to the Logan Planning Commission this year and possibly starting construction next year and having it done by the year after that. I think the goal would be to have it completed by May, 2011. That’s preliminary, there are lots of things to be determined before we sign,” said Lemon.

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