JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The Arkansas Methodist Medical Center continues to strive to serve its community.
Their next step. . .a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning marking the official beginning of construction for the Chateau on the Ridge.
The first phase of this project will consist of a fifty-nine bed assisted living center, located on a ten acre site just off of Carroll Road in Paragon.
Board member for the Chateau project, Bill Fisher, says they first began working on this two and a half years ago because they saw a need in the community.
"There's so many people in this area that do not have facilities to go to when they become elderly. All the services that will be offered will be just like you're living at home."
The Chateau on the Ridge will include twenty-four hour emergency response from staff, housekeeping and laundry services, maintenance, a chapel, spa, exercise and wellness suite, libraries, beauty shop, general store. . .and the list goes on!
Bill Block, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chateau on the Ridge, says board members and hospital staff have put alot of work and effort into this facility.
"The need was pointed out and group got together and talked about it and talked about it and studied it and visited other locations and decided we've got to do this now. And so, here we are."
Fisher says people are going to be amazed with the finished project.
"This is just the beginning of a retirement community. Eventually, it will have an Alzheimers unit, nursing home, extended facility. Places for condos where people can come and purchase lots and build homes and have advantage of continued care from then on."
It will also contain a dining room capable of seating one hundred people, an activities room, sitting rooms, bistro and covered parking.
For more information about the Chateau on the Ridge, log onto their website.