Keego HarborOctober 4, 2013
Keego council approves independent living facility
By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott
C & G Staff Writer
KEEGO HARBOR — In a unanimous vote Sept. 23, the Keego Harbor City Council approved the site plans for Magnolia by the Lakes, an assisted and independent living facility and rehabilitation center slated for Cass Lake Road and Stapleton Drive.
Keego Harbor Mayor Sid Rubin explained at the ground-breaking ceremony, which took place Sept. 27, that the council, after taking public comment, approved the project in record time — 48 days, to be exact.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the senior village took place at the project site, and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson thanked Magnolia by the Lakes President and CEO Farideh R. Bagne for her vision to enrich the community.
“This $48 million investment in Oakland County will enhance the quality of life for this region through better care — better living — for seniors who need to have assisted living, and will be a significant boost to Keego Harbor and to the economy.
“This village will address senior population. Just in Oakland County, it will double — 1 in 4 residents will be a senior citizen by the year 2030,” Patterson said.
Developers say Magnolia by the Lakes will provide resort-style living for seniors, where residents will have access to health care, retail shops, European restaurants and bakeries, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, as well as a beauty salon and spa.
“This is really a landmark occasion for our community,” Rubin said. “It is a dream that will have immeasurable positive effect on our city forever.”
The facility consists of three buildings. The first is an elder care and assisted living facility. The second is the already-in-place Mercury Building on Cass Lake Road, which will be renovated to include physical therapy services, a beauty salon and barber shop, a spa, a French bakery, a bistro, an Italian gelato shop and an Irish pub.
The third structure will be a five-story building connected to the Mercury Building by an enclosed bridge. It will contain the 155 resort-style villas, a formal dining room, an activity and conference room, a rooftop garden, a billiards room, a library and a chapel.
“You are about to show us the value of a community is in how well you treat your senior citizens,” Rubin said while thanking Bagne for her vision of Magnolia by the Lakes.
According to Linda Voll, interim city manager, contractors will begin the project this winter by laying the foundation for the two-story building and obtaining necessary permits. The goal is to have the two-story building completed by April 2014. Phase three of the project, which includes the five-story building, will take place 2014-15.
“My administration is delighted to work with visionaries like Dr. Bagne to ensure that our seniors will have the best quality of life anywhere,” Patterson said.