New Senior Housing Project Planned for Lyman


Retirement, assisted-living home planned for Lyman

April 1, 2008

By Trevor Anderson

As a child, Alton Free used to fish for bream in a small farm pond located on a 20-acre slice of pastoral land off Powell Lake Road in Lyman.

These days, he has found a better use for the property.

Free, a former mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin, and brothers Bruce and Brian Niemitalo, owners of Ashlan Properties LLC, are building Ashlan Village, a $4 million 51-unit retirement and assisted-living facility.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m just very excited to use this property for something like this,” Free said.

“It’s going to be the only facility of its kind in the Lyman community.”

The development will consist of a 40,000 square-foot main center containing three-room deluxe apartments, two-room suites, companion and single-occupancy rooms and an Alzheimer’s patient-care area complete with a physical therapy center.

The Alzheimer’s-dementia wing will have 14 rooms with a private dining area, a secured courtyard and a screened-in porch that has a view of the pond.

Free said the property has 18 outparcels that will be used for single-family and apartment-style homes ranging from 1,100 square feet to 1,400 square feet.

All of the facilities will be modern and spacious and are designed with independent living in mind, but amenities such as 24-hour emergency call services, telephones, meals, pharmacy services, certified nurses’ assistants, transportation and activities will also be offered.

Residents will sign monthly leases that start at $1,800 and increase depending on the level of care.

The City of Lyman annexed the property last year and will provide the facility with sewer and water.

“It’s going to be like a great big house with a bunch of rooms,” Free said.

“This is big for Lyman. With many new residents locating to the area, there is a need for this type of facility, as many people also wish to relocate elderly parents to be near them.”

Jesse Evans, project manager for Ashlan Properties, said he expects the facility to be completed by Nov. 1.

“We’re definitely excited about it,” Evans said.

“It’s a great project that will help make a growing population of seniors and their families very happy.”



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