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Someplace Special to get new name, building

The owners of Someplace Special in Perham are planning to sell their current facility and move into a newly constructed assisted living complex near the new hospital.

Matt and Jessica Johnson have owned Someplace Special for the past 7 years. The current 7-resident facility is located on West Main Street, and, according to a memo to city councilors by Perham Economic Development Director Chuck Johnson (no relation to the owners), the couple is ready to expand into a larger, newer building.

The existing facility will be sold and likely used for apartments, the memo states.

The new facility, under the new name of Hadley House Assisted Living, will be located on four lots in the Clearwater First Addition in southwest Perham. It will house 12 units, each one large enough to accommodate a married couple. Each unit will offer a private kitchenette and bathroom. There will also be more guest space at the new facility, and a common whirlpool tub.

In addition, the facility will be designed for easy expansion in the future, with room for six more units to be built later, on either end.

The project has a construction budget of about $1.15 million.

Earlier this month, the city entered into a 15-year development agreement with Matt and Jessica Johnson. As long as at least 20 percent of the residents at Hadley House meet low income requirements, the facility will qualify for tax increment financing.

The Johnsons are hoping to begin construction right away, according to the EDA director’s memo, and would like to be ready for occupancy by the end of the year or early 2015.

Someplace Special’s existing clients will be moved over to the new facility, and there will be five new assisted living units to fill.

The facility will be staffed 24/7 by the current 7-member staff, plus three new staff members who are being brought on board as a result of the expansion.

“Assisted living has grown substantially in Perham in recent years,” the memo states, “and facilities seem to continue to be able to find clients... There are 60 units in Perham today...(and) demand is expected to grow.”

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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