Senior housing meeting Tuesday a.m.

Any citizen interested in the continuation of the Lovell Senior Housing Project at the site of the old hospital on East 10th St. in Lovell is invited and encouraged to attend a meeting next Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, at the Big Horn Federal community meeting room.

The meeting is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and all area contractors, potential buyers and potential investors are invited, Lovell Inc. Director Sue Taylor said. A light breakfast will be served.

Taylor said the meeting is being held to once again gauge interest in the senior housing project. The Lovell Town Council recently approved a subdivision plat for the land, which has been recorded with the county.

“It’s been a while since this project has been in the forefront of builders’ minds,” Taylor said, “and now that the council is getting close to deciding whether to proceed or not, we need to find out if builders are still interested.

“We also want to get a better idea of what they feel is a reasonable selling price for a custom-built house. Our original target price was $95,000 to $120,000, and we want to see if we’re still in that ballpark.”

Potential buyers of the senior homes are invited to the meeting to show builders that there is interest in the project, and potential investors are invited: “anyone interested in participating in a possible private land trust that will hold property for the long term to allow affordable housing to be built,” Taylor said, adding, “Also, an investor could work with a builder to construct a home to rent to seniors.”

It’s an opportunity for networking and to renew contacts with people who have been interested in the project from the beginning, Taylor said.

If interest is shown on Tuesday, the town council may be more willing to proceed with demolition and site development, Taylor said. If the council decides to proceed, the next step would be accepting a $491,000 grant awarded to the town from the Wyoming Business Council. Demolition of the old hospital could proceed as soon as the bidding process is finished and weather permits, she said.

Though the plat has been approved and filed, the town has not taken ownership of the property, Taylor noted.

“This meeting is a critical step to help them determine if taking possession and proceeding is in the town’s best interest,” she said. “The end use (of the land) must be tied to the housing project.”

Those unable to attend the meeting or who have any questions prior to the meeting may contact Taylor at 548-6707.

By David Peck