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01-07-04: Retirement community under construction in Fort Recovery, planned for Coldwater


FORT RECOVERY — A new retirement community is being built in Fort Recovery, and the owners have plans for a second development in Coldwater.
Nature’s Villa, which is being called an “active independent retirement community,” will include 22 condominiums in Fort Recovery for people age 55 and older. Plans for the Coldwater development show 26 condos.
The business, called Nature’s Villa, Inc., is the brainchild of owners Jerry and Lorri Kaup, Mark and Lucie Pohl and Luke and Lynn Kahlig, all of Fort Recovery. The Kaups also operate Kaup Pharmacy in Fort Recovery, the Pohls own Creative Builders of Fort Recovery, and Luke Kahlig is a Certified Public Accountant and partner in Charles Bibler & Associates of Englewood.
The venture into the relatively new housing concept for the area has been researched thoroughly by the owners, who said they have been meeting weekly the past 18 months. They also visited similar facilities throughout Ohio, discussed the idea with Fort Recovery Village Administrator Randy Diller and surveyed 20-30 area residents about senior housing.
Results of the resident survey were a little surprising, the owners said.
“No one wanted a basement, and that kind of surprised us. They don’t want steps of any kind. They want everything on one floor,” Jerry Kaup said. “Basically, they want three things. A new building that they own, no maintenance and they want it to be affordable.”
The one-story brick condominiums will be built in duplex and triplex buildings and will be owned by the tenants.
“People still enjoy owning their own home and they want a nice place to live,” Luke Kahlig added.
In Fort Recovery, construction of a duplex and triplex is underway at the 2.4-acre plot, located at the site of the old Fort Recovery elementary school on South Wayne Street. One of the units will have a community room attached with a basement in case of inclement weather.
In Coldwater, residents will be surveyed before construction begins on a 3.3-acre plot located off Betty Lane. In addition to the 26 condominiums planned for that community, there also will be a community room with basement.
“Just as we did in Fort Recovery, we talked to the village manager (Eric Thomas) about building in Coldwater and got a favorable reaction,” Lucie Pohl said.
The condominiums are for sale now in both locations. In Fort Recovery, residents may move in sometime in May, and in Coldwater, the residents can expect to live there the winter of 2004-2005.
All homes will be “senior engineered,” the developers said. There will be walk-in showers, raised commodes and vanities, grab bars, nonskid bottoms in the showers and tubs, water temperature control faucets and amplified lighting.
The homes will have covered front and rear patios, space for private vegetable gardens for those who want to dig in the dirt and a community English perennial garden that will be maintained by a grounds keeper.
“This type of housing keeps people home longer, because they are built specifically for the older person,” Lucie Pohl said. “We want a mixture of people, especially the active independent retired people. It really is a different concept in housing. We’re so excited to bring this kind of housing to Mercer County.”
People can choose a one- or two-bedroom unit, with or without a garage. There are eight designs to choose from, ranging from 928 square feet to 1,270 square feet, plus garage.
Purchase prices range from $73,700 to $140,000, depending on the size and features.
There is a monthly condominium fee, ranging from $150 to $365, depending on the model. The monthly fee takes care of lawn care, snow removal, landscaping upkeep, condominium insurance and interior and exterior maintenance. Transportation, meals, coordination of health services and social services also will be offered, the developers said.
Nature’s Villa, Inc., will manage the business, with the help of a local on-site manager at each location. The business will be looking for a member of the community to live in one of the condominiums and work part-time to coordinate activities.
Goals of the housing complexes, the owners said, is to give retired people a no-maintenance home with the opportunity to have personal healthcare and daily living services, all to help them live independently as long as possible.


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