By Chris Bavender
The Whitestown Plan Commission approved a plan in mid-January for Lawrenceburg-based Euson Lindsay Health Holdings to develop a senior living center northeast of Main Street and Central Boulevard near Meijer
The facility will be built on 16 acres at 5990 S. 700 E. The land was approved in 2016 for a senior living project by Carmel-based Mainstreet that was never developed.
“I think it was definitely a benefit to the developer that the land was already zoned appropriately for their needs,” said Tanya Sumner, director of public relations for the Town of Whitestown. “Whenever a change in zoning is not a concern, projects can move along more quickly, and speed-to-market is always important to developers and business owners.”
The center will feature six single-story buildings with 72 units. Two of the buildings will be for rehab, two for long-term care and two for memory care. A seventh building will be used as an office and clubhouse.
The facility will be the second senior living community in Whitestown. Anson Senior Living on Central Blvd. is scheduled to open in the near future, Sumner said.
“We also recently approved a small 55-and-over neighborhood that will be built near our historic downtown, just off Main Street,” she said. “That age-restricted neighborhood will have just over 60 homes.”
Sumner said it’s important that Whitestown is beginning to have more options for aging baby boomers.
“We are a very young community right now, with the median age being just about 30 years old here in Whitestown. But it’s important to have a variety of neighborhood options so that our residents can age in place,” she said.
Sumner said Whitestown also has become an attractive place for empty nesters, and there is a growing need for 55-and-over communities.
“We have grandparents who are moving to Whitestown to be closer to their children and watch their grandchildren grow up,” Sumner said. “Many in that age group are seeking maintenance-free living, yet also want to enjoy lots of socialization opportunities.”