Senior center developers opt for West Branch over Standish
Tim Barnum Staff writer
STANDISH — A senior center proposed to be built in Standish this year is taking a back seat to one that will be owned and built by the same company, but in West Branch.
On May 7, it was reported in “The Arenac County Independent” that “The Horizon Senior Living Center,” an assisted living center built exclusively by DeShano Construction, of Gladwin, was going to be erected this year on Airpark Drive at a lot DeShano has a purchasing option on with the city, approved April 21.
However, Erin Schuler, Horizon Senior Living Center Administrator, said at the time the purchasing option was approved by the city, DeShano was also looking at building similar centers in West Branch and Grayling this year.
“We’re going where the need is greatest,” Schuler said, adding the need was determined by feedback received on ads ran in newspapers covering the areas the centers were being proposed.
“We didn’t get a lot of feedback in Standish,” Schuler said. “I’ve heard from maybe five families (in Standish), where in West Branch we’ve heard from about 40.
“It’s a gamble to build these anywhere.”
But Schuler says DeShano still wants to put a center in Standish in the future, since she says there is a need for a senior living center in the city.
Read more in the Oct. 29 edition of "The Arenac County Independent.