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|Sunday, February 01, 2009|
THIS OLD HOUSE
The downturn hits senior housing, but Oregon may suffer less than other markets.
BY JASON SHUFFLER
The ravaged condo and residential markets in Oregon have received most of the attention in the housing collapse, but the downturn, which has sapped many retirement funds, finally is reaching another housing sector: senior-living communities.
Keren Brown Wilson, now a professor of gerontology at Portland State University, convinced the state in 1981 to subsidize early assisted-living housing models with Medicaid waivers. It was the first state in the nation to do this, and it spurred the development of assisted-living facilities, and later independent retirement communities. The sector exploded in the 1990s, pushing membership in the Oregon Health Care Association, the trade organization representing operators, by fivefold. “We went from zero to 60 overnight,” says Linda Kirschbaum, program director of the association.
The prospect of a steeper dip in occupancy and new residents is also troubling news for owners and operators trying to manage debt and rising costs and still a pull a profit at the end of the quarter.
In mid-March, McMinnville-based Willowcreek Management and Development Company plans to unveil The Springs at Tanasbourne, a 240-unit upscale multi-use senior-living community. The company says leasing of the independent retirement units is at 30% as of mid-December. The entrance fee ranges from $230,000 to $340,000.
Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation.
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
After more than a decade of wrangling, construction on a convention center hotel in Portland is slated to start this summer. But debate over project financing continues.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A conversation with Donna Earley, director of sales and marketing for the Salem Convention Center.
Monday, January 26, 2015
The day after this issue goes to press, the city of Medford will host its annual business conference. The event features Minoli Ratnatunga, co-author of the Milken Institute’s annual “Best-Performing Cities” report. Preliminary data suggests that Medford is likely to retain its No. 1 ranking among best-performing small cities for having a higher concentration of high-tech firms than the national average.
Friday, January 09, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Industry groups identify top trends for 2015.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Marijuana is big business in Oregon, and it’s about to get bigger.
Monday, January 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
The 2014 Bend Venture Conference set a record for the most cash, investments and prizes awarded at an angel conference in the Pacific Northwest. Investments in the six winning companies exceeded $1 million. The 11th annual conference was hosted by Economic Development of Central Oregon.
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