"Having a senior transitional living that has patio homes if people want to own their own homes, lower maintenance, we have independent living, memory care, assisted living, all of that on one campus," says David Wallace, Joplin Master Developer.
The 14 acre project will encompass a gated community with shared amenities.
"If people aren't wanting to cook that day, they can use the food and beverage in the assisted living and memory care. People fall, in a patio home, they pull an emergency pull cord and instead of dispatching 911, one of the orderlies from assisted living facility comes," says Wallace.
The plan includes a total investment of $30 million. Across town in downtown Joplin, plans for a medical school campus. The facility would include the area of 2nd to 3rd and Main to Joplin Street. Developers are in talks with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences to open a satellite school in Joplin.
The building would be 5 stories with an attached parking garage for a total investment of nearly $70 million. Master developer, David Wallace, says all of the planned projects will draw people and businesses to the city.
"For every single one of the projects we are focusing on, that's our end game. We want to make sure that the asset we create has a net positive impact on this community," says Wallace.
Wallace says he's been impressed by the people of Joplin since he first visited the city shortly after the tornado.
"The thing I was amazed at was how this community wants to help itself, it's not a community that has its hand out, it's a community that says, 'you give us the tools and we will do this ourselves," says Wallace.
A final decision should be made regarding the medical school campus by April 1st. Developers are currently working with engineers regarding the site layout and design for the senior transitional housing.