FRONTENAC — At the end of January, Oakview Estates finished up a big construction project.



Now, thanks to the federal government, they’ll have a $285,000 loan for the project, which included the construction and expansion of residential health care facilities.

FRONTENAC — At the end of January, Oakview Estates finished up a big construction project.

Now, thanks to the federal government, they’ll have a $285,000 loan for the project, which included the construction and expansion of residential health care facilities.

“We applied for it, so it wasn’t totally unexpected,” said Mark Scales, Oakview Estates owner. “But we were hoping it would come through. You really have no idea until it’s awarded.

To meet the demand for assisted living in the area, the funds will be used to expand four double-occupancy rooms, two single-occupancy rooms, a sitting area, landscaping and parking for Oakview Estates, an assisted living facility.

“We had reached capacity,” Scales said. “We were full and have a waiting list, and we had a major need to expand.”

Scales said the aging national population created a need for more rooms for assisted living.

“The baby boomers are hitting that age level,” Scales said. “It’s a growing need.”

The expansion is expected to create three new full-time jobs in addition to the eight current full-time positions.

The grant was awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office, under the Rural Economic Development Loan Program.

“We’ve really got a good reputation of high-quality care, and we’ve had a lot of interest,” Scales said. “We’re already full to capacity again.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.