GCED finalizes funding for Torrington assisted living facility
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — As the result of a $3 million grant by the Wyoming State Land Investment Board, approved Oct. 4, Goshen County Economic Development and the Goshen Care Center Joint Powers Board have finalized the $7 million of funding needed to build a new assisted living facility in Torrington.
Ashley Harpstreith, CEO of GCED, said the grant’s approval required examination by the Wyoming Business Council staff, board and the State Land Investment Board, which is comprised of the governor, secretary of state, state superintendent, state auditor and state treasurer.
Efforts to bring a new facility to Torrington began with two studies, performed in 2012 and 2018, which found a gap in the county’s assisted living care. Assisted living comes in different levels, each successive level requiring more intensive care; Harpstreith said the county has facilities for level-one care at Evergreen Court Living Center and levels four and five at the Goshen Care Center and the Alzheimer’s unit, but nothing for levels two and three.
“There were people leaving this community to go to assisted living facilities,” Harpstreith said. “We realized we really had to keep thinking about how to make this happen.”
With the money secured, GCED and the joint powers board will move forward toward building the 23,980 square-foot, 30-unit facility called Evergreen Plaza Assisted Living. The location will be a 3-acre lot, on the corner of 21st Avenue and D Street, redeveloped and donated by the City of Torrington, on the same lot as Evergreen Court.
Harpstreith said the plan is to find an architect by Nov. 8 to design the facility, bid out the construction in the spring, and begin construction in summer or fall 2019, with the hopes of opening the facility in 2020. The new facility would be operated by Minnesota-based Welcov Healthcare, which currently operates both Evergreen Court and Goshen Care Center. Harpstreith added that, through Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington already has a pipeline to train and prepare new staff for the facility.
GCED estimates the new facility will bring in 15+ jobs to the community, with an increased tax revenue of $325,000 in property and sales tax. Additionally, the new facility will provide a $64,000 savings in Medicaid costs for residents at Goshen Care Center who require a lower level of care.