A private company based in Idaho intends to build two 16-unit assisted living homes next to the Grand Center.
The Canyonlands Healthcare Special Service District board of directors voted unanimously Monday, May 13, to sell 2.5 acres of land to Bee Hive Homes, which is headquartered in Boise. The sale price is $60,000 per acre.
Bee Hive operates 150 assisted living homes in 15 states, including 50 in Utah, owner Dennis Toland said during a presentation to the board.
“We would love to purchase this month or in June and be ready to go,” he said, adding that financing has already been arranged.
Toland said Bee Hive’s plan is to build one home as soon as possible and a second home on the site in two to four years. The facilities would be staffed by certified nursing assistants, with a nurse on call 24 hours, Toland said.
The level of care would range from minimal for those who can walk with little trouble to increased help for residents who are still ambulatory but need assistance getting in and out of chairs, Toland said. Clients with memory loss can be cared for with even more supervision, he said.
Each resident would have a private room and bath. Staff would prepare meals three times a day, Toland said.
Monthly prices range from $2,100 for those needing minimal care to $2,800 for less ambulatory residents and $3,300 or $3,400 for those with memory loss, he said. Toland emphasized the prices include everything except residents’ medications and clothing.
“We’ve stayed small on purpose,” he said of the size of homes.
Toland said they choose rural areas because people in smaller towns generally want to remain in their communities. He said the company is about to break ground on a facility in Grand Junction, Colo., and while researching the need in that town he talked to former Moab residents there who would prefer to be in Moab.
“I met several families over there who want to come home,” Toland said.
Bee Hive currently operates a three-year-old facility in Price.
Toland said funding for the Moab project comes from three sources: 40 percent from a federal Small Business Administration loan, 40 percent from a bank loan, and 20 percent from the company’s own revenue.
Special service district board chairwoman Joey Allred said the next step is to have the property surveyed. An appraisal already has been completed.
Allred anticipates the sale proceeding quickly.
“They are ready to pay us and start,” she said.