New assisted living facility planned in Manatee

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 14, 2013 

The hallway of what the Comfort Cove's new assisted living facility will look like when it opens in Manatee County in roughly eight months. PHOTO PROVIDED

MANATEE -- Comfort Cove of Bradenton will open a new 52-bed assisted living facility at 3503 14th St. W.

The new facility will service the elderly and people who need memory care. And Brent Crego, chief manager with Comfort Cove of Bradenton, is eager for the opening. The project should be completed in six to eight months.

"The facility will service people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease as well," said Crego.

The facility will create 30 full-time positions and about 50 part-time positions, he added.

Because the site is in the 14th Street West Community Redevelopment Agency's boundaries, it qualifies for rapid response permitting. That speeds up the process by a couple of weeks, said Manatee County's Economic Development Manager Karen Stewart.

"We give rapid response permitting to new developments because they increase the tax increment financing, and we use TIF for other amenities," said Stewart.

Those amenities include installing medians, street lights or improving parks. The CRA welcomes redevelopment and offers incentives to build in the area.

Stewart said developers

can inquire about and apply for the permitting with the CRA.

The new facility, which will be a 22,708-square-foot two-story building, will provide 24-hour supervision, an in-house doctor and occupational therapist, said Comfort Cove Operations manager Audrey McElwain.

"There's really no need for the patient to leave the facility except for dental work," said McElwain.

Comfort Cove reps said the facility will take in anyone who has at least one assisted living need.

"Whatever life function they need, we can help with it," said Crego.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate.

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