Steele Creek assisted living facility to open next spring

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJuly 9, 2013 

— Developers of the 90-bed assisted living facility in Steele Creek say they expect to open by spring.

Charlotte planners in the fall approved plans for Queen City Manor on N.C. 49 between Wrights Ferry Road and Greybriar Forest Lane. Saber Healthcare Group will operate the facility. Saber has 70 facilities from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Smith/Packett Med-Com out of Roanoke, Va., is working on construction. The company began in 1982 and has since acquired or developed more than 150 senior health and housing facilities valued at more than $1.5 billion.

Justin Newman, development coordinator with Smith/Packett, said the plan is for residents to move in starting in March or April.

“We’re getting going on the building pad now,” he said of construction.

Teddy Ramsumair lives on Greybriar Forest next to the new construction. His homeowner’s group held a meeting several months ago to talk about the new facility.

“More people had positive things to say than negative,” Ramsumair said.

His concern with new area construction is typically how it will impact traffic. However, assisted living doesn’t necessarily mean more drivers, he said.

“That’s a plus,” Ramsumair said. “It’s a good thing. It shouldn’t be that bad.”

Newman’s company operates in six states, but makes its “bread and butter in North Carolina and Virginia,” he said. The Steele Creek facility will be entirely assisted living. The bustling location, with shopping, restaurants and housing nearby, is typical of other company locations for senior housing.

“We’re generally very welcomed,” Newman said. “Our residents aren’t bringing kids and filling up schools. Our residents aren’t doing much driving, so it’s not an impact on roads.”

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