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CHEYENNE – An Illinois-based developer and Wyoming native is proposing an assisted living facility for seniors in north Cheyenne, but the project still has bureaucratic hurdles to clear.

Aspen Creek, to be located at 6800 Powderhouse Road, is a 5.2-acre development west of Powderhouse Road and north of Spirit Lane.

The company was founded by Teresa Crawford and her husband, Brian, in Sullivan, Illinois. It specializes in memory care for aging dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

The family owns three other locations in Illinois.

“The facility will be three buildings with about 16 patient rooms,” said Brad Emmons with AVI Engineering Consultants.

The name Aspen Creek is inspired by Teresa Crawford’s time growing up in Burns, where aspen trees are as prevalent as Midwestern pines. According to the company’s website, she founded the company to honor her late grandmother.

Aspen Creek offers private suites, assistance with daily living, health assessments, housekeeping services and access to modern amenities such as cable and internet, according to its website.

The first proposed phase of the venture includes building the senior home on the area’s western block. The second phase is the construction of multi-family townhouses for residents who wish to live close to the facility.

The project is still in its early stages, going before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, and Cheyenne City Council thereafter.

Some residents were concerned about more high-density residential development in the neighborhood, hoping to limit the construction of apartment complexes.

“I think it’s great for the city’s older folks, but the community that lives here needs to be able to maintain its lifestyle too, free from too much commercialization,” said Jack Mason, who said he lives in north Cheyenne. “I’m not necessarily against it, but we’re interested to see where these developments go.”

The proposal would also require a zoning change from agricultural and rural residential to mixed-use residential, which some nearby property owners, including developers of Pointe Plaza just south of Aspen Creek, have already taken the lead on.

The project is slated to go before the Planning Commission at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Municipal Building, 2101 O’Neil Ave.

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