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Care center for seniors shovel-ready

Seniors looking for continuing care will have another option with a $15 million residential facility at 8200 St. Joe Road.

The Heritage of Fort Wayne has scheduled a 2 p.m. Sunday groundbreaking for a 66-bed, 90,000-square-foot living center. The Heritage will consist of residential and assisted-living apartments, private health care suites, memory-care assisted living, and private health care and rehabilitation suites, a news release said.

The living center, which will employ 100 full and part time, is expected to open in late 2013.

“It’s certainly been in our plan for a while,” said Pat Hart, admissions and marketing coordinator for The Heritage of Fort Wayne.

The Heritage of Fort Wayne living center is the second of a two-phase project and will be on the front acreage of The Villas at Heritage Lakes, an independent, free-standing villa community. United Methodist Memorial Home, a not-for-profit, owns and operates The Heritage of Fort Wayne, The Villas at Heritage Lakes, Heritage Pointe in Warren and The Heritage of Huntington.

United Methodist Memorial in 2008 received approval on plans for a continuing-care community with 56 villas designed for independent living. Officials said at the time that future plans included assisted-living apartments and a health care facility with private nursing rooms.

Hart said Friday more than 20 of the planned villages at the property, near Interstate 469, have been built.