$14.5M senior facility heralded

A senior living center announced its intention to build a $14.5 million facility across from Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital Thursday afternoon.

According to a release from Trilogy Health Services, the company plans to open a 92-bed facility on a 7.7-acre parcel at the corner of US 224 and Shaffer Park Drive.

This comes after the project’s developer, Conficare LLC, bought the site where the business is to locate.

Trilogy Senior Living Community is to offer assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services. The company operates more than 100 senior living communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

The facility is to be the first located on a 60-acre parcel annexed by the city in 2016. City officials view the land as a prime area for economic development.

“We are excited to welcome a quality company like Trilogy to Tiffin,” Mayor Aaron Montz said.

Montz said it’s exciting to see such a large investment and it should lead to good opportunities for Tiffin citizens.

“This is bringing 110 non-construction jobs,” he said. “They will be hiring doctors and nurses … these are very good-paying, career-oriented jobs that Tiffinites will be able to have a career working.”

Construction is to begin this spring with a target completion date in 2019.

Trilogy Vice President of Development Peter Massey states in the release that Tiffin officials and Seneca Industrial Economic and Development Corp. have been great to work with.

“We are excited to move forward with this project in Tiffin and Seneca County,” he states. “We love the community.”

SIEDC Development Manager Bryce Riggs said Trilogy is a high-quality organization and he has had a good experience working with them.

“It has really worked out as a great partnership and they are going to be a great partner for the city of Tiffin and the community for a long time,” he said.

A road project that will provide access to Trilogy and other businesses that locate on the 60-acre parcel is to be under way soon.

The project will include improvements to US 224, CR 1, CR 54 and TR 18. It includes creation of Progress Parkway and extension of Fair Lane, which is to enter the site as a continuation of TR 18.

Utility infrastructure on the site will be paid partially through bonds which are to be paid back by tax increment financing. TIF will divert property tax revenue for a period of time to pay back the bond.

Tiffin Assistant Engineer Matt Watson said last month that officials hope to have the project out for bid by the end of April, with road construction beginning this spring.

Riggs said development of the site has been in the works for more than two years.

“To finally get the first announcement on that site, it’s huge, it really is,” he said. “It’s the first fish that jumps into the pond. Somebody is investing into the site and really working hand in hand with the city of Tiffin to make sure infrastructure will be there for the rest of that site.”

Montz said it felt good to be able to make the announcement.

“To finally be at the finish line, knowing we’ve got our first big fish on the hook and reeled into the boat for that site,” he said. “It’s a big sigh of relief for all of us.”

Riggs commended the company for being the first to invest in the site.

“It sends a sign to other developers and companies that there is additional land now available in the city of Tiffin for investment,” he said.

Riggs said the project could spur more development at the site.

“You drive by today and it’s a field,” he said. “You drive by in a year from now or so, you’re going to have at least one company located on it, roads, storm sewer, electricity … it goes a long way to transforming this site for what it’s going to be.”

Montz agreed.

“I think what we’re going to see, this will be kind of a kickoff to this whole area,” he said. “It’s only going to help us attract businesses and really develop that entire site.”

Montz said he believes more announcements will follow.

“Before you know it, that site with be filled with new businesses,” he said. “You’re going to see a mixed use of all these different things.”

Riggs said SIEDC and the city are marketing the rest of the parcel.

“We are working with developers and businesses who have expressed some interest in developing on the site,” he said. “Two things will really get this going. One, the first shovel hitting the ground on the road project. … it shows this site has access and it’s a great location.”

The second is groundbreaking on Trilogy Senior Living Community, he said.

Riggs said the company and city leaders have shown patience and persistence in working toward development of the site.

“It’s big and it shows that we never rule anything out and we’re always looking for additional opportunities to increase development, add jobs and bring investment to this community,” he said.

Montz said the engineer’s office, Riggs and City Administrator Dale Thornton have been “phenomenal” working on the project.

“We are all doing everything we can to facilitate economic development and bring new jobs to the community,” he said.