Downtown Fort Wayne Hotel Could See New Life

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – A downtown hotel could be re-born as an assisting living facility for seniors.

The former Holiday Inn Downtown on Washington Boulevard is slated to become the "Lamplight Inn" later this spring.

Lamplight Communities President and CEO Severine Petras says the Ohio-based company will invest 4-million dollars in the building, to buy and remodel it.

The facility will likely contain 170 units. 130 will be assisted living units and 40 will be independant living units. The residents are expected to be 75-or older, and they could be paying about $2,700 a month for their rooms, food and care. However, Petras says the residents could qualify for government programs or assisted living waivers. She adds that Lamplight Inn hopes to become an Assited Living Waiver provider under the Indiana Passport Program.

Those hoping to fill one of the independant living vacancies could also be eligible to take part in the Residential Care Assitance Program.

Petras says Lamplight will continue to utilize the pool and dining area. They plan to add physical therapy resources, a bakery, and a cafe.

Executives want to make sure people understand that the facility will not be a nursing home.

"We will offer rest care which could be short term stay, to have somebody watch over you and help you with things before you return back to your home, but we are not a medical based model, and we won't have the CLN's to provide that type of care. We're really focused on 100% assisted and independent living," says Petras.

The Fort Wayne Hotel and Convention Center will close on April 30, 2010. Lamplight Inn hopes to open later this summer.




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