Ground broken on Nacogdoches retirement community

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Today, Timber Springs is described as a Christmas present to the community.

"First I want to say wow!" Joe Geer said.

A word used by a developer that's launching his first major project in 2 years.

"The original developer hit an extremely difficult financial time," Geer said. "Not too dissimilar from what we're going through now, but we believe we cracked the code on how to make this thing go forward."

Which includes innovative financing through a municipal management district. It's expected to get legislative approval next year.

"You will see coming out of the ground will be the senior apartments," Geer said. "Then we'll phase into the cottages, the care building as well as the health building and the restaurant."

Volunteers developed the concept for Timber Springs seven years ago. Planning and financial backing presented tough obstacles, but perseverance is paying off.

"Most of our original vision is in place," Dr. Jerry Holbert, chairman of East Texas Senior Living, said. "All the facilities from independent homes to independent living condominiums to assisted living to skilled nursing."

Ed and Gwen Cole reserved an apartment from the beginning. They still are waiting for the key, anxiously.

"Plus, you'll be with other people," Gwen Cole said.

The community spirit is the attraction, and you don't have to go far to see its appeal. Timber Springs operators are opening a 92-acre facility in Tyler in three weeks.

"More than glad to give 'em a tour so they can see in reality what Timber Springs will look like in just a year," CEO Keith Perry said.

A few shovel loads behind is Timber Springs. Developers are confident construction will kick off this spring.

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