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Published 2009

New assisted living and memory care community to open in Delano in ‘09

Located on the western fringe of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Delano offers small-town living just a short distance away from a big city environment.

A wide variety of housing options is available in Delano ranging from apartments to single-family homes and townhomes.

The most recent data from the Minnesota State Demographic Center shows there was a household estimate of 1,907 in Delano as of 2007. According to the City of Delano, there were 1,368 homes in 2000, showing an increase of 539 from 2000 to 2007.

Looking back at the number of single-family residence building permits that have been pulled, there were 80 pulled in 2006, 39 pulled in 2007, three in 2008, and zero so far in 2009, according to the City of Delano.

Despite the economic slowdown, there are many housing developments that have been added to the area since 2000. There are housing choices that include different house styles, floor plans, and lot sizes that can be purchased in all price ranges for those who wish to own their own home.

In addition, there are town houses and apartments for those who wish to rent, including affordable choices for the low-and moderate-income households.

The Legacy of Delano, a 51-bed assisted living and memory care senior community, is scheduled to open in June 2009, and is located at 1350 St. Peter Avenue East in Delano.

The Legacy of Delano will have many amenities and primary services provided by the community. The building will have 51 total units, with 16 memory care units and 35 assisted living units. Legacy construction is under direction of Lyon Contracting from St. Cloud. It will be operated by Tealwood Care Centers.

In 2002, the City of Delano developed a comprehensive plan which identified a major need for an assisted living and memory care facility. The city has actively sought out developers to build such a feature in Delano for some time, though these attempts had been largely fruitless.

Renae Witschen is the executive director of The Legacy of Delano. She has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry, from occupational therapy to being regional director of operations for a national assisted living company.

Witschen, who lives with her family in the Monticello area, relates her philosophy to, “foster a positive environment, where each day residents have opportunities to be engaged within the community that they choose to live in, staying connected with their neighbors, and nourishing life, because the journey matters.”

For more information, call (763) 972-2333 or (763) 229-5437.

The Delano Economic Development (Delano EDA) provides just that, a safe, secure place in which the elderly, disabled or handicapped citizens of Delano can reside comfortably. The Ridge Manor and Crow River Villa Apartments are reserved for those seniors, age 62 or older, and for handicapped and/or disabled persons that are able to live independently or with the help of a privately contracted service.

There are also a number of additional apartment complexes in Delano, including the following:

Delano Commons, 1460 Saint Peter Avenue, (763) 972-2930

Elm Avenue Apartments, 671 Elm Avenue East, Amy Franzen (763) 477-3672

Franklin Avenue Apartments, 100 Franklin Avenue West, Kenneth Krienke Jr., (763) 295-2587

Crow River Villa, 125 5th Street South, Tammy Matthees, (763) 972-2945

Gateway Village Apartments, 1466 St. Peter Avenue, Jason Hokkanen, (763) 972-4283

Honeytree Apartments II and III, 307 Honeytree Drive, David Brockway, (612) 986-7787

Ridge Manor Apartments, 129 5th Street South, Tammy Matthees, (763) 972-2945

Riverview Apartments, 405 & 407 S. River Street, Sandy, (612) 685-5032

Merriman Drive Apartments, 461 Merriman Drive, (763) 972-2795

Rockmeadow Apartments, Honeytree Drive, David Brockway, (612) 986-7787