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Groundbreaking ceremony held

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Participating in the ground breaking ceremony on Oct. 17 were (left to right) Joni DeVos, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce director; Mark Buschkamp, CAEDC director; Jim Angstrom of Vintage Living; Darren Schlapkohl of JVC Builders; Tim Haupert CAEDC board member; Terry Graybill, CAEDC board member; Dean Schmidt, county supervisor; Joe Lundsgaard, founder of the Lundsgaard Educational Trust; Jim Mohn, Cherokee State Bank Trust Officer; Bruce Takes, Senior Housing Consultants; and Mike Hunter, Cherokee State Bank president. Photo by Ken Ross
Many elements came together to get construction started on an assisted living facility in Cherokee, Jim Angstman of Vintage Living, told those attending a groundbreaking ceremony held at Rasmussen Ford.

Because of drizzling rain and the muddy construction site, Rasmussen Ford offered to allow ceremonies to take place on their property which will be neighboring The Gardens, a 38 unit assisted living facility to open in August or September at 1610 Highway 3, in Cherokee.

The Gardens is the second assisted living community to be developed and owned by Vintage Living. The first is in Jefferson, Iowa. Vintage Living has partnered with Senior Housing Consultants.

An early contact between Cherokee and Vintage Living was made by Mike Hunter, president of the Cherokee State Bank that provided local financing for the project. The land was purchased from the Lundsgaard Education Trust, which had received the land as a donation from Joe and Janice Lundsgaard. The trust provides scholarships for local high school graduates.

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors had established the area as an enterprise zone, making available state incentives for development.

Angstman thanked all those involved in the project and included Mark Buschkamp and Jean Benson of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation for assisting at each stage of the process.

Angstman added that as much of the work in construction is being done by local subcontractors as possible.

Bruce Takes of Senior Housing Consultants said the facility will fill a specific need in Cherokee. He said that the philosophy of the facility is to provide choices for residents and respect their individuality.

The units will be in various sizes, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The facility will employ about 20 people.

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