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Autumn Leaves memory care facility considers Frankin location on Drexel

July 7, 2014

Franklin —Autumn Leaves, a memory care facility company, expressed interest in developing a new location in Franklin during a committee of the whole meeting June 30.

Memory care facilities assist individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease or cases of dementia, typically in a secured building for safety.

Autumn Leaves, which began in 2000 with one memory care facility in Texas, has since expanded to more than 30 communities in four states.

The LaSalle Group Inc., owner of Autumn Leaves, has been actively looking for new locations for memory care facilities in the Midwest, Matthew Krummick, regional director of development, told the common council during a concept review.

"There are some assisted living products (in the Milwaukee area), but nothing is quite like what Autumn Leaves is," Krummick said. "We identified Franklin as a community that could certainly benefit from our needs."

The LaSalle Group considered different areas of Franklin for development and determined a vacant parcel of land, located at approximately 9201 W. Drexel Avenue, would suit its needs. The property, nearly seven acres, would be located between the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and a U.S. Bank branch office.

Concept designs propose a single story building with 46 rooms and 54 beds. The 24-hour secured facility would have about 30 employees to care for its residents with bathing, medication management, meal preparation and other assistance, Krummick said.

The building would include a small library, interior courtyards and space for living room entertainment.

Construction of the facility would cost around $7 million, Krummick said.

Although votes are not taken during concept reviews, aldermen seemed to favor the initial proposal, despite a few concerns regarding its proximity to Drexel Avenue traffic.

"I like it; I just don't know if I like the location," said alderwoman Susanne Mayer.

"We like to be placed somewhere near residential (areas) on a fairly high-traffic road," Krummick said. "This location works for us. It has a strong community feel to it … and we won't stick out like a sore thumb."

The common council must now wait for The LaSalle Group to return with a formal proposal before any action regarding development can occur.

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