Walls are up and
utilities are in for the $18 million Journey Senior Living Center in Porter
Business Park, the development located to the west of Porter Regional
Hospital at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49 in Liberty Twp.
Blair Minton and Marketing Director Laura Carpenter told the Chesterton
Tribune that the approximately 90,000 sq. ft. building is expected to be
completed in November, with a grand opening in January.
The center will
have 76 units for assisted living and 24 units for memory care. Minton said
there will be up to 100 full-time employees hired, which is a higher
staff-to-resident ration than most other senior care facilities.
will be available for resident assistants, certified nursing assistants,
registered nurses and cooks. Minton said the company is currently
interviewing candidates for an executive director position and a marketing
Living bases its mission and service on the tenets of safety, security,
love, compassion and dignity, Minton said.
“We have a genuine
interest in our residents. They become our family and not someone taking up
space. We treat our employees like family, too. We have a very low
turnover,” he said.
Minton has 35
years’ background in building and managing assisted living facilities. He
started Journey Senior Living once retiring from BMA Management in 2012.
The company has
opened two facilities last year, one in Merrillville behind the Star Plaza
Theater and one in Ankeny, Iowa, just north of Des Moines. Minton said there
are hopes for more centers in Northwest Indiana and in Iowa.
Living in Porter Business Park broke ground in December by the Orland
Park-based Madison Construction and work continued through the mild winter.
“I think we missed
only one day because of the weather, which is absolutely amazing,” Minton
said. He thanked the business park’s developer Pat Kleighe and project
manager Patty Stovall for their help.
Memory care units
will be on the first floor while assisted living apartments will be on the
top three floors. The center will feature a full activity schedule for its
residents, chef-prepared meals, in-house therapy sessions, a four-seasons
room and an outdoor circular courtyard for families to gather for events.
there will be an open house hosted by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for
the public at about the time of the grand opening in January. She said
persons interested in residency can call her at (219)-525-4123 to be put on
a contact list.
The website for the
Journey Senior Living Center in Porter Business Park will be ready in the
next 30 days that will provide more details, Milton said.
Stovall, said she
is in talks with two possible tenants who would occupy space in the Janis
Development commercial retail building near the Park’s entrance at U.S. 6
which is zoned commercial.
She said one is a
book and gift shop business and the other is a family-style restaurant which
could open sometime next year.
would meet demand for visitors of Porter Regional Hospital who wish not to
travel far for a place to eat, she said.
One tenant is
currently operating in the building, Quest Diagnostics, which opened in
The business park
has been hosting food truck events each Thursday this summer, continuing
until the end of August. The trucks are set up on the west side of the
driveway across from the hospital, south of Journey Senior Living is under
The events have
seen great turnouts, Stovall said. The next are scheduled for Aug. 10, 17,
24 and 31.