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Landis Homes plans campus changes

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Manheim Township-based Landis Homes has adopted a new master plan that will "transform the campus to reflect 21st century expectations, anticipate future utilization and support the integrated, seamless delivery of services to the community," according to President and CEO Larry Zook.

Zook said in a blog post that the new plan comes as the nonprofit is celebrating its 50th anniversary and sets the tone for the next five to eight years.  

"Desires are changing. As many as three-quarters of potential residents desire a home with more than one bedroom whether it be one bedroom with den or two bedrooms," he wrote. "Currently, only about 18 percent of our apartments have 2 bedrooms."

According to a frequently asked questions posting, the new plan includes the following:

* Creation of a new learning and wellness center, in the first stage of the project. Design of this center has not yet started.

* Removal of 41 cottages, some of them "very small" one- and two-bedrooms, many with only one bathroom and almost a third without garages. 

* Creation of up to 60 to 70 new apartments, more parking and the potential for 30 additional new hybrid homes. 

"We anticipate construction will begin in 2016. Some demolition and site work could begin the Fall of 2015 as cottages are vacated," the posting says. "We are currently considering the role a Capital Campaign will play. When you look at the history of Landis Homes you see that philanthropy has played a significant role from the beginning of the organization and through every major step forward. We anticipate that this will again be true."

About the residents of the cottages slated for removal, it says, "We are communicating frequently with residents impacted by the move, and will assist residents in this time of change. Residents living in cottages scheduled for demolition will be offered similar price/size cottages or apartments located on East or West campus as they are available. Landis Homes will arrange and cover cost of packing, moving and unpacking."

According to its website, Landis Homes has more than 700 residents living in cottages, apartments, suites, personal care and health care. The FAQ addresses the ultimate size of the campus, saying, "Now our campus is restricted by the land size. We could possibly grow to 800 plus, but it would be very difficult to get to 900 given these constraints."

The posting says Landis Homes is still committed to "providing a wide variety of accommodation sizes and fees," noting that its Harvest View facility alone has 125 apartments, "with 100 that are one-bedroom or efficiencies, and only 25 have two bedrooms."

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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