Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Senior Rehabilitation Facility Breaks Ground in Topeka

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Senior Rehabilitation Facility Breaks Ground in Topeka

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A new rehabilitation facility will open sometime next year.

Mainstreet Investments, which develops health care properties, broke ground this week on Healthcare Resort of Topeka, a 69,935- square-foot property at 6202 S.W. 6th that will provide transitional care. It will have 94 beds.

Ashley Mattox, spokeswoman for Mainstreet, said the facility will work with people who have been released from the hospital but need therapy before they can return home. Some of the more common reasons for needing therapy are heart attacks, strokes and joint replacement surgery, she said.

"It's there to get them in, get them well and get them home where they want to be," she said.

The facility is for people who can't yet go home, but who don't need the level of care offered in a skilled nursing facility, Mattox said. It will have an outdoor courtyard with railings to practice walking, a therapy gym and features for relaxation, including a movie theater, spa and salon, she said.

"Senior housing is different today," she said. "It's no longer just long-term care."

Construction should be finished by spring 2016, Mattox said, though the schedule for opening will be the operator's decision. It will create about 90 permanent jobs and 225 construction jobs.

Real estate

office moves

KS Commercial has moved into two connected buildings on Kansas Avenue, though renovations are ongoing.

Mike Morse, a partner in the firm, said 435 S. Kansas was built in the 1860s, and the adjacent building was constructed in 1915 and is on the historic registry. The buildings they moved into have more conference room space than the space they rented before, he said.

KS Commercial's offices are on the top floor. Some of the first floor and basement space already is rented out, with a catering business by Luis Guillen that offers lunch once a week and investment firm Voya in two spaces, Morse said. Another first-floor space at 435 S. …

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