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Large pipe adds cost to new assisted living & memory care center

Submitted by on March 22, 2019 – 12:54 amNo Comment

A public hearing was held by the Alpena Municipal Council this week,  to consider the approval of a resolution establishing a Commercial Rehabilitation District at the site of Besser Senior Living Community, which is under construction at the corner of Johnson and Wilson streets.

That district will allow the owner of the project to seek a tax abatement for a portion of the construction costs.

After acquiring the property, the new owner learned there was a 42 inch round storm sewer pipe running through the property that had not been recorded.  The company claims it cost around $140,000 to relocate the storm line.

The municipal council adopted the resolution and no citizens spoke out against the commercial rehab district.  The owner of the project is expected to now ask for two-year tax abatement that will save it around $80,00-$100,000, said city planning and development director Adam Poll.

The more than 43,000 square foot facility will include 20 beds dedicated to memory care and another 28 for assisted living.  The center could be expanded in the future to include independent living quarters and might be ready by fall.

The project could generate as many as 50 jobs.

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