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Hudson Hospital & Clinics plans to sell land for senior care complex

Presbyterian Homes is proposing to build a 160-unit senior apartment and assisted-living complex on 14.6 acres currently owned by Hudson Hospital & Clinics.

The facility also would have a 6,000-square-foot medical office suite and a 24,000-square-foot town center providing amenities such as a bistro, auditorium, chapel, library, theater, fitness center and hair salon.

The four-level building would have 95 senior-living apartments, 46 assisted-living apartments and 19 memory-care apartments.

A public hearing on the plan is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the council chambers at Hudson City Hall, 505 Third St. The hearing will precede a regular meeting of the city’s Plan Commission.

Presbyterian Homes needs a conditional use permit to build the senior housing on the site, which is zoned as a general business (B-2) district. The organization also is seeking approval of concept development plans for the housing and medical office suite.

According to Community Development Director Dennis Darnold, the site is the former Einar and Rita Horne property, which the hospital purchased a number of years ago. It is a wooded area east of the hospital and clinics. The property was annexed to the city when the hospital purchased it.

Darnold said the city staff has spent considerable time with representatives of Presbyterian Homes going over the plans.

“We’ve been particularly careful in addressing utility and fire department access,” he said.

The plans do not call for an additional street access from Stageline Road. Presbyterian Homes would obtain an easement for a shared access at the new Stageline Road roundabout and a separate boulevard lane leading up to the housing campus, according to the plans submitted by Pope Associates, the architectural firm designing the complex.

The project description submitted to the city says a 50-suite care center could be built in the future if it is needed.

The building would have a residential look with a “soft contemporary style,” according to the description. “Decks and sunrooms and materials like brick or stone and siding will provide an interesting and residential character.”

An underground garage would provide parking for the residents.

The one- and two-bedroom senior apartments would range in size from 700 to 1,500 square feet. The assisted-living and memory-care units would range from 450 to 1,100 square feet, and include studio apartments as well as one- and two-bedroom units.

Presbyterian Homes says the housing campus would provide 38 to 40 jobs, including 15 full-time day positions and 16 spread over second and third shifts and weekends.

The medical suite would be sized for up to 10 employees, the project description says.

It says: “This project is a model that integrates medical suite services within a continuum of care, and is placed adjacent to Hudson Hospital. A shared campus concept offers opportunities to explore new ways of collaborating on care and transitions between acute, sub-acute and long-term care that would not be possible without a shared campus concept.”

Presbyterian Homes says it expects the need for “senior living options” in Hudson to continue to grow, especially for people 80 and older.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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