Neosho may soon become home to a new 50-bed assisted living center for seniors.

The Neosho City Council last week approved a letter of support for the ClearPath Senior Living facility, at the request of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Franks, executive director of economic development of the Neosho Area Business and Industrial Foundation, Inc., said ClearPath Senior Holdings of Webster Groves in St. Louis County has a contract on some Neosho property and are now going through the certificate of need process in order to obtain permission to build from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. A hearing on the application will be held on July 7.

Franks said support for the facility is overwhelming.

“All of our local officials, our state senator, state representative, our U.S. congressman, local medical facilities such as Freeman, and the Newton County Commission have all lent their support to the project, so I’m sure all of that now is in front of the appropriate officials to see if they can be granted their Certificate of Need.”

Franks said ClearPath officials are pretty confident about this project and this particular market.

“Basically it’s a demographic issue at this point,” he said. “They’re in the assisted living business, they look for communities which are underserved and have a population which has a substantial number of people over the age of 60. Most of Missouri fits that — Neosho certainly fits that. We only have one assisted living facility today. That’s SpringHill, so the addition of a second one would be very welcome in this market.”

Franks said many people enjoy SpringHill, what he calls “a great facility,” but it is frequently full. He said all of America is aging and an escalating number of people will need assisted living in the near future.

He said the land that is under contract is on U.S. 60 across from Oak Tree Mart at Oak Ridge Extension, just east of Calvary Baptist Church. Planned as the Neosho Seniors Housing Development, Franks said the proposed single-story approximately 37,000-square-feet facility would feature 46 units with 50 beds.

“Again it is assisted living;” he said, “so it’s not a skilled nursing facility like Medicalodge, so people are going to be able to come and go and they’ll have a lot of therapy that’s available to them. And uniquely in this facility there’ll be a memory care, which is kind of an Alzheimer’s unit.”

An information sheet about the project states: “Residents will have the option to choose from studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments and will have access to amenities such as an enclosed courtyard with an outdoor kitchen and grilling area, raised garden / flower beds, computer center, café, salon, rehabilitation room, chapel, and a private dining room. Trained staff at Neosho Seniors Housing Development will assist residents with activities of daily living such as housekeeping, medication management, and physical therapy, when needed.”

If provided permission to build, Franks said the Neosho Seniors Housing Development will mean more customers for Neosho business.

“And probably about 30 news jobs here in town as well. So a $6.5 million investment in our community,” he said, “and 30 new jobs, and the types of services that our area residents need. We see this as a win-win for everybody.”