Sure, political correctness says, "Senior center," and not "Old Folks Home."
Leave politically correctness for those who cherish it. Old Folks Home is the term here. I am one. So the term is not intended to be pejorative. Only descriptive.
The people wanting to build the Ramsey Town Center Old Folks Home, right there next to the busy, busy, busy railroad tracks, were praised for an effort in Blaine, presumably not by a loud and busy rail line in Blaine.
I hope the sound insulation is good or they cater to the hard of hearing in Ramsey.
If it were me, my aim would be to retire to a quiet retreat, not adjacent to the BNSF Railroad's busiest track in the nation. If it's not that, it seems so. How the "planners" planned that one is a neat question. Perhaps one of them might answer it sometime. Right next to the tracks ---
And putting it and the morgue next door to one another ---
That's indelicate. I would not in my dwindling years want the morgue next door.
Would you? The feeling the people next door are waiting.
Anyway, here's the ABC Newspapers link and excerpt, make of it what you will:
Blaine senior campus gets a positive review
Thursday, 27 September 2007
by Tim Hennagir
The corner of Paul Parkway and Ulysses Street in Blaine has become the proposed site of a new senior housing retail, restaurant and office space mixed-use development.
According to background provided by Bryan Schafer, community development director, Woodbury-based BrightKeys Building & Development Corp. initially made a presentation last spring involving the location.
While that proposal was conceptual, it outlined a senior campus containing a variety of housing and service options, according to Schafer.
BrightKeys has since partnered with Crest View Senior Communities and during a Sept. 13 city council workshop, Brightkeys and Crest View representatives shared proposed development details for the 16-acre site.
Crest View is a charitable Christian organization that helps develop, market and manage senior communities.
Christians in the old folks home business. I'd like to see the balance sheet, and the shareholder track-down, see whose pocket is being served in all this.
Continuing the excerpt - and wouldn't you expect, Jesus does not just save, he TIFs.
Two issues that would need attention or require council action would be a land use amendment and the developers’ request for tax-increment financing, Schafer said.
“They want tax increment assistance on the senior housing portion only,” he said. “What’s being proposed is fairly typical with a senior housing project of this type.”
Chief Executive Officer Shirley Barnes represented Columbia Heights-based Crest View at the Sept. 23 Blaine City Council workshop.
BrightKeys was represented by Vice President Philip Dommer.
NOW -- Brightkeys? Brightkeys? Isn't Brightkeys the genius group that inflicted "Town Center Gardens" on our community, over much community objection? If they have a part of this thing in Blaine; watch out Blaine. It may end up looking ugly on the ground, is my thought. Unless I am mistaken, Town Center Gardens is the Brightkeys "track record" in Ramsey, and we should be unforgiving.
That Dommer guy talked for them in front of the Ramsey council. Elegant marketing.
Good luck Blaine. The article continues:
As proposed, private investment of $25 million would be used to finance a three-building campus at the site.
A total of 110 senior apartments, a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, would be built in one, four-story building.
Sixty memory care units, assisted living and future nursing beds would be included in a separate three-story building.
A total of 72,000 square feet of retail and office space would be featured in separate three- and four-story buildings.
Restaurant space of approximately 8,000 square feet would also be included in the proposed mixed-use project.
According to Schafer, the proposed site’s land use is currently designated planned industrial and commercial.
While that designation is appropriate for office, retail and restaurant use as well as assisted living and memory care, Schafer said the 110 senior units would require a land use modification as high-density residential.
Previous senior housing projects in Blaine have not been completed without some form of assistance to lower costs, reduce interest or provide tax reductions, Schafer said in his background memo to the council.
“We did this for the senior housing at Cloverleaf Courts and other senior housing projects in Blaine,” Schafer said.
BrightKeys and Crest View are proposing use of a “pay-as-you-go” housing tax increment financing plan with a term of 25 years, according to Schafer.
And in case you did not already know:
TIF is a mechanism used by cities to fund land redevelopment, acquisition, demolition and renovation work.
City officials calculate how much tax revenue new developments can generate and then borrow money against the future income.
Over time, the tax revenue generated reimburses a developer for the cost of work on the improved site.
TIF support would guarantee a rent write down for approximately 20 percent of the independent units as well as the base housing cost for 20 percent of the assisted units.
Schafer said this would make the entire senior project more feasible.
According to Schafer, an early estimate indicates 80 percent of the available tax increment would be returned to the project.
That means the city of Blaine would provide total TIF support of $200,000 annually over the 25 years.
The old folks won't likely last as long as the TIFing, but is that anyone's surprise?
The article continues:
Details of proposed BrightKeys and Crest View’s proposed plan would need to be reviewed and approved by the Blaine Economic Development Authority and made part of a TIF assistance agreement, Schafer’s council memo concluded.
The 80,000 square feet of commercial office and retail would not be part of any TIF arrangement with the city.
BrightKeys and Crest View would pay an expected $200,000-$250,000 per year in annual property taxes
“There’s a lot of positives with this,” said Councilmember Katherine Kolb. “I’d like to see this happen, but we still have to talk about the tax increment financing request first.”
Councilmember Dick Swanson said the project is needed by the Blaine community.
He agreed use of the “pay as you go” financing would be critical so there would be no lump-sum payment involved if the city participated in the project.
“I like the project,” said Councilmember Russ Herbst. “I think it’s a heck of a deal. Let’s get it set up.”
Barnes provided supporting demographics for the project during her brief remarks to the council.
She said 23.6 percent of people age 75 and older in Blaine have incomes of $15,000 or less.
Another 25 percent, Barnes said, have income that range from $15,000 to $25,000 annually.
According to Barnes, the senior housing project would bring 55 new jobs to the city with a $1.3 million annual payroll.
Crest View also will be developing and sponsoring a continuum of care retirement community at the Ramsey Town Center, according to information posted on its Web site.
That facility is scheduled to open in 2009, the Web site stated.
How the old folks income demographics factor into the thing is unclear. Perhaps the numbers show how much they can be taken down for before rock bottom's reached. Why report that anyway? Old folks usually don't have high incomes. That's not exactly news. Unless they're old Crabgrass, I guess. Then they are wealthy. I wonder who the landholder - land speculator is in this Blaine deal. I wonder if there's a relative on the Blaine city council. The Crest View website, has this to say, with a mention of Town Center:
Crest View Senior Communities, founded as a charitable Christian organization, in cooperation with the community and Member Churches, exists to serve people by offering a continuum of quality care and services and by providing for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
Crest View Senior Community at Ramsey Town Center is currently taking applications. [see opening photo, above, that's advance reservations - well in advance] We are blessed to be able to caring out our ministry of serving older adults.
We continue to be pioneers today in carrying out our strategic plan, which is based on our mission and vision. We welcome you to Crest View Senior Communities and hope that you experience a feeling of what we call the "Ruth Experience", which is carrying out our mission through a sense of calling, not obligation. We are called to serve and we are blessed. If you ever wish to reach me, you may call 763-782-1645.
I am not too sure about that "able to caring out" sentence, but I think it means something about "able to be carrying out," apart from any concept of outsourcing care, or any other such possible meaning. The ABC Newspapers article did not link to the old folks home business website, but I found it with Google. Would you believe, "crestviewcares.org"? Isn't that sweet? They care. There must have been a bunch of "crestview" URL registrations already, hence the ...cares.org??
Interestingly, in Googling, I found a "Crestview Manor" old folks home in Escondido California - "gracious living for the retired" - so it, "Crestview," must be a popular name in the trade, single word as in Escondido, or "Crest View," as the Minnesota variety calls itself. My favorite Google hit is this one, "Senior Music Show," which will be touring, and playing at Crest View, at the existing Columbia Heights [yes, Nedegaard land] locale.
Springsteen is coming to town soon, playing downtown. By now, he's "Senior Music," isn't he? Getting on in years like Bob Dylan. Springsteen probably has an AARP card, as well as a musicians' union membership card, Visa, and Capital One.
But "The Boss" he is not like that neat "Senior Music" act Crest View's booked.
"Jim is the best Elvis impressionist I have heard in Minnesota" - Marilyn Andersen
That's one of the credits/endorsements the act posts on its website. Good luck, old folks with that act. Probably the Alzheimer's patients will enjoy it. Lawrence Welk probably was pleasing to Terry Schiavo while she was hooked up. A failing mind makes it sound better, all that, I guess.
"Senior Music," indeed. I'm old. And I'm insulted. Old does not equal "likes schlock."
And by the time it's built in Ramsey, we'll have that Community Bank, across the street. Whoever owns it. By then. In Jim Deal's building. Maybe he's buying the bank. Maybe renting out the space. All a stone's throw from City Hall. And when the old folks get tired of that perpetulal train whistle and the enduring accompanying rumble, they may be throwing stones at City Hall, trying to hit those who thought it a fine idea to make "Crest View By The Tracks" a part of a glittering Ramsey Town Center extraveganza experience.
Live Here. Play Here. Work Here. Bank Here.