Hudson -- The Gables of Hudson, an assistant living facility, opened Sept. 12 with a ribbon cutting and open house for more than 300 people.
It is one of three new developments targeting seniors. Heritage of Hudson is an 80-bed assisted living facility on W. Barlow Road, and Trails of Hudson has 172-units on 34 acres for seniors 55 and older at Hudson and Norton roads.
The Gables of Hudson, 5400 Darrow Road, a 85,000-square-foot building on 9 acres, was built on the former Waters restaurant site by Gables Management Co. Inc.
The Gables of Hudson replaces Waters restaurant, which closed in 2007, and generates new jobs for the city, said Economic Development Director Chuck Wiedie.
"It's a great opportunity for aging citizen to have a first class place to live who just need a little help," Wiedie said.
City Manager Anthony Bales said the development exceeded his expectations and redeveloped a site that needed improvement.
"It's a wonderful addition to the Hudson community," Bales said. "It serves as a wonderful gateway as you come into the city from the southern end."
The assisted living facility has 112 rooms with 132 beds, according to Genel Nichols of marketing.
The rooms range in size from 380 square feet to 660 square feet with many of them overlooking the woods on the property and all opening to one of three interior courtyards.
The rooms include a living room, kitchenette, bedroom and walk-in bathroom. Some rooms have a separate study and large walk-in closet.
Gables Management Co. President Mike Wojno said it was a quick journey from June 21, 2012, when the project broke ground, to completion today and thanked George Roth, owner of Augere Construction Co., which built the facility, and his investment partners for completing the project so quickly. He credited the city of Hudson, Mayor William Currin and Council for helping to finish the work on time.
Mayor William Currin said Mike [Wojno] approached the city with a concept and through a partnership, they created the vision of the Gables of Hudson.
"We had a working relationship that was successful," Currin said.
City Council President David Basil said the facility was a much needed addition to the community.
"For many generations to come it will serve this community," Basil said.
"It's not about brick and mortar," Wojno said. "Our motto is 'where people matter most.' If you all have moms and dads who need care, we have 112 rooms here."
Residents rent the apartments monthly. Although Medicare won't pay for the rent, it will pay for some therapies and skilled services, Nichols said. A long-term care insurance policy will help pay and some veteran benefits apply. Rent ranges from $101 a day to $156 a day but prices can change, she added.
Some of the amenities include a large common area with a stone fireplace reaching the ceiling; a dining room with a fireplace; an auditorium that can seat up to 60 people with an 80-inch flat screen for movies; and a sports bar with three televisions.
Therapy will be provided on-site in the wellness center, which includes treadmills, bikes, exercise equipment and a whirlpool tub.
Assisted living provides a private apartment for independent living with nursing and health aides to help with medical needs, Nichols said.
For more information, contact Nichols at www.thegablesofhudson.com or www.wherepeoplemattermost.com or call 330-653-9170.
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