A new senior living facility in La Vista will open its doors in October.
The Meriwether is currently under construction at 8140 S. 97th Plaza in La Vista and is planning for an Oct. 1 opening.
The Meriwether is owned by a partnership between Agemark Management, based in Elkhorn, and Nelson Development from Des Moines.
“We’re excited and proud to bring our style of senior living to seniors in La Vista,” said Marty Hug, chief operating officer for Agemark. “We look forward to becoming an active and contributing member of the community.”
Agemark has numerous senior living facilities across the state, but the Meriwether will be the first one it has brought to Sarpy County.
“We believe La Vista/Sarpy County is in need of additional senior living housing and services to serve it’s growing senior population,” Hug said. “In addition, we feel the Meriwether will be a nice addition to what is already being offered in the area.”
The three-story, 116,000 square foot facility will offer 80 carefree and assisted living apartments and 30 memory care apartments, each ranging from 500 to 600 square feet. Hug said with the potential for some couples moving in, the facility would be able to provide housing for about 115 people.
Along with the private apartments, the Meriwether will offer activities that will involve staff and family members and get residents involved in the community.
Hug said that 16 people have already reserved spots and that more are on the horizon for reservations.
Once the Meriwether opens in October, Hug said they will employ “about 30 to 35” full and part-time staff members.
He said that number would increase to “80 to 85” when the facility is full. Suzy Nootz will serve as executive director for the facility.
La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig acknowledged during a recent mayor’s forum that the arrival of the Meriwether will help the city in it’s goal to make La Vista a place where people can live their entire lives.