St. Louis-based ARCO Construction Co. Inc. today announced it is building a new $7.4 million, state-of-the-art senior living community in Carthage, Missouri for ClearPath Senior Holdings, a developer of private-pay senior living communities. Oak Pointe of Carthage will be located at 300 West Airport Road and is expected to bring approximately 40 new jobs to the area. The project is one of three senior living communities currently being built by ClearPath and ARCO in southwest Missouri and the companies’ sixth in the state of Missouri. Last month ClearPath and ARCO broke ground on a similar project in Neosho, Missouri, about 25 miles south of Carthage, and plans call for another groundbreaking in October in Monett, Missouri.
Jeff Binder and Jim Eisenhart co-founded ClearPath Senior Holdings with a vision of developing quality assisted living options that allow seniors to stay connected to their communities. Binder stated, “This is a very exciting time for us as it is our vision expand our offerings in Southwest Missouri with not just one, but three new senior living communities. Now the residents of Carthage, Neosho, and Monett will have the opportunity to do so in an atmosphere focused on person-centered care for seniors.”
ARCO Construction began construction in June on the 37,000-square-foot single-story community. The company, along with representatives from ClearPath, will officially commemorate the start of construction at a groundbreaking on August 20th. Upon completion in May 2016, Oak Pointe of Carthage will have a total of 46 apartments, 33 units dedicated to assisted living and 13 dedicated to memory care. The community will offer a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments and an exciting, amenity-based living experience with a large array of services customized for both assisted living and memory care residents.
One of the most unique features of the Oak Pointe communities is a dedicated storm shelter for residents and staff. The communities in Carthage, Neosho and Monett will all have a shelter constructed with reinforced concrete, masonry and structural steel.
Hank Bellina, principal of ARCO, said, “This area has seen firsthand the devastating destruction caused by major storms and tornados. This shelter was designed to withstand a 200-mile per hour wind and it’s large enough to accommodate all of Oak Pointe’s residents and staff. Best of all, if someone on staff didn’t tell you that the gathering and activity room off of the courtyard was a storm shelter, you wouldn’t even realize it was there.”
ClearPath put ARCO’s design team to the task of designing a high-strength storm shelter that was also aesthetically pleasing and sensible to the overall flow of the community. ClearPath founder Jim Eisenhart added, “Choosing ARCO as our design / build contractor was a game changing decision for our company. Their project leadership, drive, and passion to contribute their best are unmatched.”
Oak Pointe’s assisted living apartments will feature generous amenities designed to provide residents freedom and independence with focused, personalized support for their specific needs. The apartments will include kitchenettes and ample closet space, individual climate control, and will be pet-friendly. Oak Pointe’s memory care wing will provide, for those residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, a truly individualized and comfortable environment with social activities and programs designed to help keep the individual engaged and active. The community’s life enrichment program is based on each resident’s personal needs and preferences to help them achieve success in their daily activities.
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