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Xenia senior living community expanding on former orphanage site

Xenia officials have approved plans to expand a senior living community on a historic site in the southwest part of the city with one- and two-bedroom market-rate apartments.

National Church Residences plans to expand Legacy Village by erecting a 51-unit mid-rise apartment building on about 42 acres of what was once the campus of the Ohio Veterans’ Children’s Home, according to city planning documents.

The proposal calls for a three-story building connected to a one-story clubhouse with a common dining area, lounge and conference and fitness rooms. It also includes 20 one-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units with dens and 25 two-bedroom units, City Planner Brian Forschner noted in a staff report.

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To make room for the new construction, some aging buildings will be demolished.

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“(National Church Residences) intends to demolish the existing buildings located south and west of Luther Drive, which once provided staff housing for the OVCH facility,” Forschner’s report reads.

The total cost on the project, including architect fees and legal services, is estimated to be $13 million and is being financed through tax-exempt bonds and “owner equity contribution,” according to a prepared statement from National Church Residences Public Relations Director Todd Hutchins.

Construction is underway and is expected to be completed next summer.

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“Residents will be offered weekly housekeeping, flat linen laundry service, transportation service, and there will be an on-site activities and wellness coordinator for resident programming,” NCR’s statement reads.

Legacy Village is part of a nearly 250-acre planned unit development that includes Legacy Christian Academy, a private K-12 school, as well as the Athletes in Action athletic fields, dormitories, banquet facility and administrative offices, according to city records.

The former OVCH property is on land donated by Civil War soldiers and dates back to 1869, when it was commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln as the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans Home, according to a National Church Residences news release about the project.

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“It originally served children who lost their father in the conflict, but the community continued to grow and operate as an orphanage for more than a century,” according to the release. “Over the years, this bustling community included a farm, hospital, residences, chapel, school and many other buildings.”

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