MARQUETTE – A new $2.6 million development, designed to provide independent housing for seniors, is under way at Harlow Farms Conservation Community in Marquette.

“We’re trying to get people out of older homes where it’s not safe, get them into a safe, comfortable environment,” said L.R. Swadley, community developer for Harlow Farms.

Swadley said independent living facilities have been in hot demand across the country as a big portion of the population ages and find it difficult to maintain large, several story houses on their owns.

The new 14-unit Mill Creek Commons is located on a 2.4 acre parcel on the northern part of Harlow Farms, across the street from Mill Creek Assisted Living.

The Commons will consist of seven duplexes, which will have two-bedroom units with single attached garages.

Designed for “aging-in-place,” the units are all one level and just under 1,000 square feet, providing smaller, safer and easier-to-maintain homes for the senior population. The units contain an open living, kitchen and dining area, and will come with all appliances, including a washer and dryer.

Swadley said the units contain a second bedroom so residents can have family or friends stay for visits.

The development will also have support services for its residents, including housekeeping, 24-hour emergency call next door at Mill Creek Assisted Living, some meals and other home services, as well as the ability to participate in any activities at Mill Creek.

Swadley said he expects construction on the entire complex to continue for the next two years, with the first units becoming available for occupancy in late fall of this year.

For more information or to reserve a unit, contact Erin Burridge of Mill Creek Home Service at 361-6316.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is jstark@miningjournal.net.