New retirement community in the works

VIENNA – A new multimillion-dollar retirement community will be coming to Wood County.

The announcement of the Lakeside Landing retirement community will be made during a gathering from 3-5 p.m. today at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

“This will be to announce the project to the community,” said Joy Frank-Collins of the Frank-Collins Group. “This will be one of the foremost retirement communities built.”

Frank-Collins said this type of facility has been built in other parts of the country, not here.

Lakeside Landing is a planned retirement community that developers say “revolutionizes the conventional ‘retirement’ mindset.” It will be the first facility of its kind in the state and will boast a variety of on-site activities and off-site opportunities to keep the most active of retirees engaged while also providing a continuum of care for residents that ranges from independent to nursing care in one community, developers said.

The development is planned on land off Interstate 77 at Staunton Avenue.

“It is a flat and beautiful piece of land,” Frank-Collins said.

The site is tucked away, but is still easily accessible and has access to local shopping, hospitals and points of interest to retirees.

The developer, Wood County resident Mike Miller, today will explain the development and what it will include. Architect Mike Milligan with JMM Architects will discuss the design and layout of the facility.

Consultant Don Flaherty, who has worked on similar facilities, will talk about the development.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell and Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch will discuss the economic impact to the community.

A group of people has been invited that might have an interest in reserving units at the facility, Frank-Collins said. Many retirees who are tired of the continual maintenance of their old homes or people looking to downsize may be interested in this development, she said.

The units will feature independent living with the ability to adjust things as care needs change, including incorporating the need for caregivers so residents would not be uprooted and moved to another facility.

“They will still be able to get their care and remain a part of this community,” Frank-Collins said.

Other details of the development, unit costs, the start of construction and more will be covered during the announcement today.