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La Crescent sees need for more elderly housing

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) – The first baby boomers have reached 65 years of age and will start retiring.

That broaches the question of elderly housing, especially in the city of La Crescent, where potential redevelopment plans have been brought to the forefront of discussion.

A home to eat and sleep in is not as easy to find in La Crescent when you're in need of elderly housing. At least according to Sandy Graves, program coordinator for Neighbors in Action.

Neighbors in Action provides services to help keep seniors in their home.

"There already is a need," Graves said. "People we were providing services to were being forced to move out of La Crescent to get the services that they need."

Many moved to La Crosse and Onalaska, she said. "But they really wanted to stay in the community they've lived in their entire lives."

Currently La Crescent only has one assisted living option, Clara House. It has 19 units.

But a study from Viewpoint Consulting Group shows about 150 people from la Crescent, Brownsville, Hokah and Dakota would use elderly housing.

"(It's) something that the city's been working on for a number of years," said La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger.

He knows there's a need.

"Now there's some interest, the economy's becoming stronger, we have some developers who are looking at La Crescent," Poellinger said.

Housing plans would include independent and assisted living, and memory care housing. But there's no set plan, yet.

"We are losing a population that has a lot to give to our community and we don't want to see that," Graves said.

Those who work with the elderly especially hope there will be one soon.

Viewpoint Consulting Group did suggest building an 80 unit elderly housing complex on Main and Oak Streets.

That way tenants have complete access to La Crescent's downtown.

The elderly housing project would be part of an overall redevelopment effort that would include possibly a new school and community center.

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