The living room area of the new Char Mac Assisted Living center in Manning was filled to overflowing yesterday (Thursday) as they opened their doors, “officially” to the public for their Chamber ribbon cutting and open house. Chief Executive Officer of Char Mac, Jeanine Chartier, said that this was an exciting day that has been a little longer in the making than they expected.
Heavy rains last year and this year delayed the pouring of footings, but Chartier said it has been worth the wait to see this two-level, 36-unit home come together to serve area residents. The first residents began moving in on June 1, and are continuing to come in.
Program Director, Travis Chartier said that they did not expect to see so much popularity for their six, one-bedroom units and those are nearly all filled. And even though they have just opened their doors, they are already busy clearing another portion of their lot for more construction.
The assisted living facility has nearly every amenity imaginable, with an in-house movie theater—popcorn included—a whirlpool room, beautifully appointed public and private dining rooms, a beauty shop and laundromat area. Each of the studio and one-bedroom apartments includes a kitchenette and private bathroom. And though the cost of each apartment is based on the level of care provided for the residents, according to Travis Chartier, the average difference between the one-bedroom apartment versus a studio would amount to approximately $400. In the crowd at Thursday’s open house was Main Street Manning Board President, Ron Reischl, who said this is a major project for economic development in Manning. “Char-Mac fills two gaps in our community,” he said. “It fills a housing gap for our senior citizens – a gap between owner occupied/rental homes and the Plaza Nursing Home located on Main Street. It provides Manning with a head start in addressing the housing shortage issues identified in the countywide housing study. It also fills a gap in medical care,” Rieschl added, “by providing care for those who need more than in-home nursing care and less than the Plaza provides.”