By Nathan King
Post Salina

Future tenants and the management team of Salina Presbyterian Manor broke ground Tuesday morning for the official start of construction on a $15 million housing project at the mansion.

“We needed our current waiting list to expand our villas – the single-family residences,” said Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of Presbyterian Manors of Mid America (PMMA). “We have been working on it but COVID has slowed us down a bit. We have started our marketing and we have a first phase of 22 units, 11 of which are already reserved.

Bruce Shogren speaks at the inauguration of The Villas housing project.Salina Post photo”/>
Bruce Shogren speaks at the grand opening of The Villas housing project. Salina Post Photo

The villas will be built just east of Ralph Reitz Memorial Park. Construction of the first 22 units, constituting the first phase, has begun, although seven more units are planned according to information from Salina Presbyterian Manor. The first villa ready for occupancy will be in the fall of 2023. The villas will be the only single-family homes on the 35-acre campus, located near the existing pond, with multiple walking paths and a new pickleball court.

Salina Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eric Brown attended the groundbreaking and spoke about the importance of identifying pain points in the community and the impact economic that the Villas project will have.

“The thing we always talk about in the bedroom is the bigger picture. What does Salina need — what are our pain points, and housing is a pain point,” Brown said. “We need housing at every level, and that includes the retirement community. Believe it or not, our number one economic driver in Saline County is retirees. That’s nearly $500 million more as the second driver which is health. Salina has become known as a great place to retire.”

Map of Salina Villas courtesy of PMMA
Map of Salina Villas courtesy of PMMA

The following companies are working with Presbyterian Manors of Mid America on this Salina Presbyterian Manor project: Developer – Greystone Communities, Irving, Texas; Architect – AG Architecture, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Interior Design – RDG Planning & Design, St. Louis Office, and General Builder – Simpson Construction Services, Wichita, Kansas

A streetview rendering of the future villas at the Salina Presbyterian Mansion.  Renderings courtesy PMMA
A streetview rendering of the future villas of Salina Presbyterian Manor. Renderings courtesy PMMA

“We are very excited to bring The Villas to this beautiful campus. Adding The Villas residences to Salina Presbyterian Manor will be a dream come true,” said Shogren. “It gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on this wonderful project and this community to celebrate its 42 years of heritage with the great community of Salina.”

According to Presbyterian Manors of Mid America, the new accommodations will have the following amenities:

A garage for two cars

An open floor plan with nine foot ceilings

A storm shelter and a dressing room

Covered terraces

Fully equipped electric kitchen

42 inch tall upper cabinets with soft closing hardware

Here are additional renders of what the Villas will look like.

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