West Plains Council approves living facility project

By Ed Button

The Cedarhurst facility in Sparta, Il., was featured during the city council meeting on Monday as a possible template for the West Plains location (provided)

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The West Plains City Council approved several bills at their Monday meeting, including a development plan for a $13 million senior living facility project.

The Cedarhurst Redevelopment Area would be located at the corner of Bill Virdon Blvd. and Highway 63 and would be a 66,000 square-foot facility with 52 assisted living apartments and 21 specialty apartments for those with memory issues. The facility would also feature exterior courtyards, a theater, a salon and spa, a full-service therapy center, and a special four seasons room, along with other common spaces.

Cedarhurst officials told the council that similar facilities they own in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri have a $1.5 million payroll with roughly 50+ employees, including 30 full-time positions.

Cedarhurst officials asked the council for an adjusted tax abatement rate and period — 50% tax abatement for 20 years, versus the standard 100% abatement for the first 10 years followed by 50% abatement for 15 years. City administrator Tom Stehn told the council that the entities that would be affected by the tax abatement did not object to the change.