LAWTON, MI — A rehabilitation center in Lawton that has been closed for several years will reopen this summer after a multi-million-dollar renovation.
The former Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation building at 99 Walker St. in Lawton will reopen as an assisted living facility and bring 50 new jobs to the area, according to a news release from Market Van Buren, a local economic development organization.
The renovated building will open under the new name Blueberry Hill Assisted Living. The center will offer private spaces for residents and a positive pressure system to help prevent the spread of germs between resident rooms and common spaces, the release said.
The assisted living center is expected to house 80 individuals.
“We’re very excited to have developers who see the potential both in this building and the community of Lawton,” said Zach Morris, executive director of Market Van Buren.
Community and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony this week to celebrate the $3.3 million investment and forthcoming facility renovation. The project is a joint effort between the Village of Lawton, Van Buren County and Market Van Buren to secure a developer for the site, the release said.
The former Bronson rehabilitation center was closed in 2013 when services were moved to the newly constructed Bronson Commons in Mattawan.
“We are excited to be overseeing a project that will not only have a positive economic impact in the community but will also support a growing community need,” said Tom Stanek, director of Kalamazoo operations at Owen Ames Kimball Co., the commercial contractor in charge of the project.
“We know there is research showing an increasing need for safe places where our community’s elders can receive the care they need while still living near their families,” said Stanek, who also serves as chairman of the board at Market Van Buren.
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