THOMASVILLE — An 80-unit assisted living and memory community under construction on Market Street is scheduled to open in 2020.
"It will be one continuous building," said Matthew Price, owner of Charleston, South Carolina-based WV Development, the company building the facility.
The 48,000-square-foot, two-story structure, at 135 Market St., will have 50 assisted living units, 30 memory care units and two open-air porches on each floor. Amenities include a gym, physical therapy room and a lounge/library area.
"We'll be all private pay," Price said.
The middle-market housing facility will offer private and semi-private rooms and a few one-bedroom, studio-style apartments of various sizes.
The $14 million investment in the community will provide 40 to 60 jobs.
"We always welcome investment and jobs," said Shelley Zorn, Thomasville Payroll Development Authority executive director. "Both are positive for our community."
The facility — Residence at Oak Grove — is named after the nursery that was on adjacent property for many years.
Price, who grew up in Brooks County, recalled his grandmother buying flowers at the nursery.
Decades-old oak and palm trees on the 3.1-acre tract will be incorporated into landscaping around a courtyard. Price said the five-acre tract with huge, old oaks at 1115 Smith Ave. will remain family-owned and preserved.
Price, a Charleston resident, said he was drawn to the Thomasville community because of family and friends.
"I can see some of my family being the first residents," Price said, adding that he wants to provide good care for residents in a community-oriented setting.
"That's what we're all about," he said.
Residence at Oak Grove is scheduled to open in August or September 2020. An October ground-breaking date will be announced.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820