St. Anthony’s Catholic Retirement Community offers dramatic floor to ceiling windows in its spacious apartments.
Former medical office tower on Troost is now an impressive Catholic senior living facility
By Kathy Feist
For decades, those who entered the nine-story office tower on 67th and Troost were on their way to visit their physician or dentist.
But In 2013 the former medical office building was sold to developer Mark Ledom, Sr. who eventually chose to build a Catholic retirement community.
On November 18, St. Anthony’s Catholic Retirement Community welcomed new residents to its $25 million gated resort-style complex. A month later, St. Anthony’s is welcoming visitors to its Open House planned for December 12, from 3 to 5 pm.
St. Anthony’s is the only Catholic retirement community in Kansas City that offers continuous care Designed for adults who are 62 years of age and better, St. Anthony’s has 120 independent living apartments situated in the tower. Facing the tower are 30 assisted living apartments and 50 memory support suites. That building is still under construction and will be a single-level building with an administrative center in the middle. The units are expected to be available in the Spring.
The independent living apartments feature some unique amenities, such as stunning floor to ceiling windows, fireplaces with a setting for different colored fire, and a European-style washer and dryer appliance. Also included is a full sized kitchen.
Rooms are named after local parishes, such as St. Peter’s Pub and St. Elizabeth’s Bistro. (A wellness center under construction is being considered as the St. Thomas More Wellness Center.) The complex also includes a fitness center, full service salon, underground parking, and an outdoor garden area. The building has a modern rustic decor.
The executive chef is Earl Morgan, a former restaurant owner with experience in kitchens at Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro, Milanos and Bishop Spencer Place.
The retirement community represents a rebirth in the Brookside area. Ledom likens the revitalization to a miracle, “We put a lot of careful planning and thought into transforming a former well-known community landmark where so many people sought medical treatment into a modern, fresh offering with caring and support still at its core,” he says. Ledom considers St. Anthony’s his trophy project.
St. Anthony’s is the culmination of a unique joint venture with Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph. They will have a say in helping maintain a Catholic identity. Also 15 percent of the net operating income will go to the Catholic Charities to use in their missions. Despite the Catholic identity, St. Anthony’s welcomes residents from all faiths.
St. Anthony’s has the management support of Cappella Living Solutions, the consulting and management division of Christian Living Communities which operates out of Colorado.
For more information, go to www.stanthonyskc.com or call 816-866-8727.