Cape Canaveral will welcome new assisted living community

Cape Canaveral, Florida is a town famous for its housing of the Kennedy Space Center, but it will soon be the new home of a major senior living community.

According to a recent article in the Florida Today newspaper, the 288-bed assisted living community will be called Casa Canaveral Assisted Living Facility, and it will create about 250 jobs for local residents.

“This is going to be a five-star operation. When the folks come in, they’re going to feel like they’re going into a Miami Beach hotel, not a nursing home,” builder Danny Ringdahl told the news source.

The new community will eventually be 200,000 square feet sitting on nearly eight acres of land, and according to Ringdahl, it will serve seniors across the continuum of care, from those who are active and independent, to those who need constant care.

According to the media outlet, construction is slated to begin early in 2012, and will last about a year.

Barry Brown from the city of Cape Canaveral told the newspaper they have been hard hit in recent years due to layoffs and downsizing from the Kennedy Space Center, a major local employer, but that with this new retirement community, it should turn things around for the city.