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Chapel Pointe unveiled plans for a new townhome community in Carlisle at an open house Tuesday morning.

The new 62-plus community, called Pointe Place, will be at 1026 Ritner Highway on a 1.5-acre site currently occupied by Betra In Home Care. Officials expect to break ground this summer and complete construction of the $5 million project by next year, although the actual start date for construction hinges on securing five reservations.

“We have to have five people make reservations before we can start construction,” said Lindsay de Bien, communications coordinator at Chapel Pointe.

According to de Bien, the open house provided an opportunity for people to learn about the townhomes, the benefits of living in a townhome community like Pointe Place, and its association with Chapel Pointe.

“When people move to Pointe Place, they are part of this community as well,” she said. “We want them to understand that Chapel Pointe is a faith-based community, and people are loved and cared for here. We want to give them the lifestyle they want and meet their needs.”

She said there will be 12 single-story townhomes with floor plans of either 1,000 or 1,250 square feet. Eleven of the homes will feature two bedrooms and either 1.5 or two bathrooms; the other will be wheelchair accessible and have one bedroom and one large bathroom. All of the townhomes will have one-car garages, and there will also be a community building.

“There will be an entrance fee plan (between $199,000 and $220,000), similar to other retirement communities, to buy into the community, and everyone will have the opportunity to use the services and amenities at Chapel Pointe,” de Bien said. “There will be a monthly fee to maintain a maintenance-free style of living, so they won’t have to shovel snow and mow grass, or fix appliances.”

“As the aging-in-place trend has developed, we’ve seen a growing number of people choose a home that will meet their needs long into the future rather than choose to move to a traditional continuing care retirement community,” Chapel Pointe Executive Director Debbie Sprague said. “Pointe Place gives people the best of both worlds — providing a timeless townhome in an active neighborhood plus the guarantee of priority access to health care services if they’re ever needed. Pointe Place represents ultimate independence and ultimate security.”

Sprague said the idea to build Pointe Place came as a result of a conversation with John and Sandy Hockensmith.

“In early 2015, John and Sandy Hockensmith met with Chapel Pointe leadership to describe his father’s vision of building townhomes for seniors on his property along Ritner Highway,” she said. “As an innovative nonprofit community, we try to continually evaluate options that will further Chapel Pointe’s mission to provide a loving way of life for seniors. The Hockensmiths’ overall vision aligned with our values, so Chapel Pointe purchased the property in December 2016, and our leadership began meeting with a team, including an architect, a contractor, site engineers, and an interior designer, to develop plans.”

According to Sprague, the general contractor is Arthur Funk & Sons and architect is Cornerstone Design-Architects.

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