MEDINA — Bob and Shirley Kralovic of Medina Township stopped by the Huntington Square apartments construction site recently to see what “downsizing” might be like.
Property manager Betty Stricker noted the complex, being built on 10.5 acres on North Huntington Street, is for people ages 55 and older but noted, “It’s not assisted-living.
“People are totally independent here. Some are still working. Some are retired. I call it the group of ‘feisty 55ers,’ “ she said with a smile.
The $6 million complex is being developed by Clover Communities, based in Buffalo, N.Y., which also owns similar units in Parma, Willoughby Hills and Twinsburg.
Stricker said Clover’s approach to choosing the location was “people moving out of cities and wanting to be close to their kids.”
The three-story Medina facility will feature 131 units. Thirty have been leased so far and the company’s projected move-in date is Sept. 1. Rent ranges from $975 to $1,140 a month based on floor location and one or two bedrooms.
A one-bedroom unit covers 625 square feet; the two-bedroom area is 825 square feet.
The rent covers cable television, water, sewer, gas, electricity and trash. Units come with a washer and dryer and “pull cords” that connect to emergency medical help.
The complex includes an activity room, hair salon and barber, exercise area, library, family room and coffee bar. A garage ($150 a month) and storage areas ($50 a month) also are available.
“Coming here is a chance to change your lifestyle and meet friends,” Stricker said. “It’s for people who don’t want to worry about snow removal and lawn care any more.”
Stricker said the property’s proximity to North Court Street should offer residents all the comforts of nearby shopping and dining opportunities. The location also is within walking distance to activities at the Medina County Office for Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive.
“It’s quiet here,” she said of the surroundings.
Meanwhile, the Kralovics said they plan to think over their options.
“In a way, it looks good,” Bob Kralovic said.
Stricker said Clover acquired the property for $675,000 in 2015.
The former Pythian Sisters Home, which sits on the property just south of Huntington Square, is scheduled for demolition, Medina building official Dan Gladish said.
The Pythian Sisters Home, which was dedicated in June 1916, was willed to the order by Sophia Huntington Parker and had a fully equipped hospital with a resident nurse on staff at the time, according to the “1948 History of Medina County.”
“It was a home for elderly ladies, strictly women,” local historian Joann King said in a Gazette story, adding men were allowed later.
The Order of the Pythian Sisters is a philanthropic organization with a primary purpose of caring for the sick and elderly.
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