New senior living center making development plans

MORGANTOWN — Two new senior-focused housing developments are engaging with perspective tenants and expect to be open by year’s end.

Bill Turner, representing Charleston-based Pisoncat LLC, said High Point Construction, of Buckhannon, is putting a roof on the steel framework looming over the Seneca Center, off Beechurst Avenue.

The Seneca Village will be a $7 million, 32-unit development for tenants 55 and older.

“We’re right on schedule to have it open and filled up by the end of the year,” Turner said. “We’ll probably start taking applications in the next three months. We’ve already began a waiting list in the office.”

Turner said anyone interested in getting on the list can call 304-342-2766.

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the community. It’s going to be a really nice building and we’re very excited about it.”

Meanwhile, at 2996 Point Marion Road, The Crossings at Morgantown, a $35 million, 179-unit senior housing development is anticipating an October opening.

“Our welcome center is located in the blue trailer at the bottom of the construction site. It is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,” The Crossings at Morgantown Executive Director Tia Hovatter said. “We have 32 different floor plans to choose from, some of which are already sold out. We are taking reservations. We are taking deposits.”

Representatives of the project have previously said the facility will include independent living, assisted living and secured memory-care units on the nearly nine-acre site near The Pines Country Club.

Hovatter said prospective tenants can take a virtual tour at the welcome center, but the construction site is off limits until March-Westin finishes up. She went on to say that just as the state-of-the-art facility is coming together, so is its leadership team.

“We do have seven members of that leadership team in place, and we’re bringing to the Morgantown community over 100 years of healthcare experience,” Hovatter said.

A third senior housing development being driven by the Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority (FMHA) is still alive, but there is no timeline as to when work could begin.

This according to FMHA Executive Director Christal Crouso.

The development, proposed for 20 acres in Morgantown’s 3rd Ward — off Liberty Street and along Braddock Street — got the land designated a tax increment financing (TIF) district in 2016.

It was explained at the time that the increment created by the district would fund the construction of a 1,200-foot access road through WVU’s organic farm as well as other infrastructure.

WVU deeded the FMHA the land in 1999.

The proposed Upper Falling Run development has been described as a 178-unit complex including independent, assisted and memory care packages for tenants 55 and older.

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