“We are delighted that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division has fully funded this project through the use of American Recovery and Investment Act funds,” said Kelly during last Monday’s grand opening, which was postponed until the license was issued for the non-profit enterprise.
The structure took 13 months to build and was a joint venture of Headley Construction Company of Newnan and Atlanta’s Tailor Made Enterprises of Georgia.
“We currently have nine residents and hope to have 12 more after Jan. 1. We have 34 rooms with a total capacity of 60 persons,” said Kelly. “We hope to build Phase II in the near future – one and two bedroom apartments for independent seniors who can come and go as they please and can drive their cars.”
“I’m glad we had a chance to be a part of this beautiful facility,” said Jack Stanek of Athens, USDA Community Programs Director. “It is top of the line; I look forward to Phase II.”
Stanek was accompanied by Area Specialists Tammy Decker and Mark Rice of the Cartersville USDA office.
“I’m sure that this will be an asset to the community and provide lots of room for growth of our senior citizens in the county,” said Buchanan Mayor Pro-tem Kenny Hughes. “The building is amazing. I can’t put it into words. The public has got to come and look at it. A beautiful facility.”
The city and the Haralson County Water Authority collaborated to help provide infrastructure and permitting, according to Hughes and Haralson County Commission Chairman Allen Poole.
“I think the facility is wonderful,” said Poole. “The atmosphere provided by the staff is fantastic. When I walked in, I felt a sense of love between the residents and staff. I felt the camaraderie, which is something we need in our golden years.”
Haralson County Chamber of Commerce President Jennie English said, “Haralson County has many unique assets. The Kelly Senior Living Community has been added to the list.”