After the grocery, at 6840 Page, came 42 senior-housing apartments and a bank branch next door. Next up for
Krehmeyer said access to health care and entertainment are among things residents report they want in their area.
"Our thinking is, look, we work for a community," he said. "Our task is to make sure their wishes come true."
A two-story building with street-level store space and health care offices upstairs will go on the site of a transmission repair shop empty for years before it was recently torn down. The theater will rise on the vacant lot next door.
"It's all site ready," Krehmeyer said. "Everything is ready to go."
"There is a huge void of care and a huge void of special care," Gunn said.
Much of the county's operations at the Pagedale center will serve the area's older residents, said Gunn, adding that the leased facility should open early next year.
Krehmeyer said he hopes retailers will occupy the building's first floor.
"We've been talking to a number of folks, and we'll see how that shakes out," he said.
Someone to run the movie theater has yet to be found, but Krehmeyer said several operators have shown interest. Planned is a 375-seat theater with four screens for first-run movies.
Financing the project is
Bank officials said the tax credits are crucial to the Pagedale project.
"If not for this big slug of equity, the deal would not get done," he said.
Backers of the projects refer to that section of Page as
"It doesn't bookend anything," he said. "This project is a catalyst for additional economic development."
Pagedale is within the
Krehmeyer said the district's residents, no matter the school situation, still need good housing and availability of services.
"We'll continue to work with the community to see that they have the vitality they want in their schools and their housing stock," he said.
Krehmeyer acknowledged that rebuilding housing and bringing business to a high-poverty area is a long slog.
"The work of building community takes time," he said. "There's no magic to it other than you keep working at it and keep working at it."
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