Citrus County Chronicle Online / August 6, 2015 – 

THE ISSUE: Planned senior living community.

OUR OPINION: A grand asset for our county.

America’s 75 and older population is set to grow three times faster than the rest of the population.  With Citrus County already one of the oldest counties in the country demographically, the county’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) has wisely targeted assisted living facilities and services as an important developmental area for our local economy.

This developmental area was recently given a significant boost with the Grand Living and Ryan Companies partnership announcement that a 165-unit senior living complex will be built on property across from Terra Vista at Citrus Hills.

The high-end senior living complex will not only offer residences ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartment homes, but also a host of amenities and hospitality-focused services aimed at enriching the life experience of each senior resident.

Called Living Grand at Citrus Hills, it promises to be a grand asset for our community.

Among its benefits for our community is the significant taxable value added to the county’s overall tax base, the creation of 75 to 100 full-time equivalent careers, and commerce generation in the health care, facility maintenance, advertising and food services sectors.

Additional benefits for our community include career training for students in a hospitality environment, experiential learning opportunities for nursing students, and retaining, as well as attracting, affluent seniors as their living requirements change with age.

The commitment by the Grand Living and Ryan Companies to construct and operate a senior living facility was cemented by the EDA and county planning and development department working together to create a business-friendly pre-application permitting experience.

Acting as a facilitator, the EDA, in collaboration with the county planning and development department, shepherded Grand Living and Ryan Companies through the pre-application permitting process to identify and resolve issues before they became barriers.

Additionally, the EDA has proactively supported the project by working to apply for a community development block grant to offset infrastructure costs, consulting with Duke Energy on cost-saving energy measures and conferring with Withlachoochee Technical College to define skill sets.

Thanks to the Grand Living and Ryan Companies partnership selecting Citrus County and the forward-edge collaboration of the EDA and county planning and development department, the November groundbreaking for Living Grand at Citrus Hills is an economic boost that is a home run for our community.

As a community, we share the excitement of Grand Living sales and marketing development director Therese Larson about the addition of this grand asset to Citrus County’s economic landscape.