SOURCE: Skyline Retirement Community

December 04, 2007 13:00 ET

Skyline Announces $50 Million-Plus Redevelopment and Expansion Project for Senior Living Community in Omaha

City Councilman Jim Suttle, Representative From Congressman Lee Terry's Office on Hand as Renovation Movement in City Continues to Grow

OMAHA, NE--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - With City Councilman Jim Suttle, a representative from Congressman Lee Terry's office and other local officials on hand, Skyline Retirement Community and its management company, Life Care Services LLC (LCS), announced a $50 million-plus redevelopment and expansion project today before a crowd of more than 100 business leaders, residents and other guests.

The plan includes replacing Skyline's Villa building, opened in 1973, with 126 brand-new apartments. In addition, 160 apartments in Skyline's second building, the Manor, will be renovated. Other construction will include a new wellness and fitness center, and The Lodge at Skyline, where skilled nursing services will be provided. Designed to look and feel like a welcoming and comfortable house instead of a hospital, The Lodge will offer eight sections called neighborhoods, each with a hearth room, home-style kitchens and private rooms.

"For nearly 35 years, Skyline has expanded the quality of life for its residents. One of the most important things we do is help foster connections both within the senior living community and between the residents and the greater community of Omaha. Today we assure that Skyline will be an important fixture here for decades to come," said Tim Smith, executive director of Skyline. "The long list of projects driving the renovation movement in Omaha continues to grow, and we're happy to be part of such an exciting time in the city's history."

Councilman Suttle of District One called the project a key development for everyone in Omaha.

"All families deal with the challenges associated with aging. This is an important day as we assure an ongoing commitment to one of our greatest treasures -- our seniors," Suttle said. "A lot of hard work has already gone into this redevelopment and expansion, and everyone involved is to be commended for their vision and perseverance."

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey offered his congratulations on the project in a letter read during the event.

"This is an exciting new development for Skyline and the Omaha community," Fahey stated. "Skyline has served Omaha since 1969 and continues to provide outstanding residential opportunities to our citizens. I want to thank you for your many years of service and commend you on your future renovation and expansion. You are a shining example of an organization dedicated to providing quality and comprehensive senior living options for our citizens."

Karen Davis, the outreach coordinator from Congressman Lee Terry's office, and David Brown, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce president, also spoke at the event, lending their support to the project, which will break ground in the fall of 2008.

A series of intergenerational art pieces depicting sections of the future retirement community was unveiled during the event. The art project was completed by pre-school students at the Hamilton Heights Child Development Center and Skyline residents who worked side-by-side to create their combined vision of the new Skyline. The students are taught by Kimberly Chleborad, granddaughter of Jean Walden, a Skyline resident.

Hope Hayek, a Skyline resident, and her daughter, Susan Belanger, who both teach art classes at the community, led the children and Skyline residents as they completed the project as well as painted their own water color renditions. Belanger and her husband are planning a future move into the new building. They are members of the Skyline Horizon Club, which offers exclusive benefits and discounts to prospective residents.

"Having so many generations involved in helping tell the story of this renovation has been a real pleasure as we build on our reputation for quality and stability," Smith said. "The renovated Skyline will continue to be a place of convenience, companionship, service and security where residents can live life to its fullest."

About Skyline Retirement Community

Omaha's only true continuing care retirement community, Skyline offers a full continuum of care on site. This consists of a lively environment with separate areas for Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. Every health service, both in assisted living and skilled nursing, was created to surround residents with the care, staff and opportunities they need to be their best. At Skyline, "being their best" is defined as living life to the fullest, which is why Skyline offers residents cultural outings, wellness and educational programs, walking trails, yoga, card games, men's club, red hat club and spiritual growth opportunities. Skyline residents also have the opportunity to be giving of their time, putting their skills and experience to work on one of our many resident committees or as volunteers for local organizations. For more information, visit

About Life Care Services LLC

For nearly four decades, Life Care Services LLC has been a leader in the senior living industry. A fully integrated developer, marketer and manager of senior living communities, LCS serves more than 23,000 residents daily at 81 communities nationwide. The company operates five businesses focusing on Development, Operational Management, Home Health Care, Group Purchasing, and Ancillary Services. LCS is a privately held, employee-owned corporation based in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit

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