LONGVIEW - Zerga CEO Jerry Green, whose company specializes in senior housing projects, identified 19 acres on Hollybrook Dr., between Longview Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School, as a potential location in 2008.
Now, other developers have discovered Longview, and Zerga’s facility will face competition from at least two other similar properties.
In addition to Zerga’s Parkview on Hollybrook project, Tyler-based Abby Development is building its Arabella community on East Hawkins Pkwy., and Fountainview Estates is expected to open by September on Lago Trail in Central Longview.
The three properties will bring more than 200 assisted-living and memory-care rooms to Longview within the next year.
While it is hard to compare that to the number of assisted-living beds already licensed in Longview, because some rooms will house more than one person, it is at least equal to more than half of the licensed assisted-living beds now available.
Zerga and Abby Development also are building independent living apartments and townhomes that will offer another 269 housing units for seniors.
All combined, the projects will represent more than $41 million in construction. Longview also is a Texas Certified Retirement Community.
Texas is seeing growth in the number of assisted-living facilities statewide. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services reported Texas has 1,777 assisted-living facilities, with another 107 open license applications.
In the 2008 fiscal year, Texas had 1,500 licensed assisted living facilities. That number grew 14.9 percent to 1,723 by the 2012 fiscal year.