Morning Pointe Senior Site Sets Grand Opening
A new senior living community will hold its grand opening Thursday on South Hurstbourne Parkway south of Taylorsville Road.
The Morning Pointe of Louisville Senior Living campus is on nine acres at 4711 S. Hurstbourne, between Watterson Trail and Bardstown Road. It consists of a building with 53 apartments and another 20 apartments in The Lantern, a wing designed for residents with Alzheimer\’s and other forms of memory loss.
Construction on the campus began in August of last year, and Thursday\’s event will mark the completion of the first phase of the $25 million project. It\’s being developed by Chattanooga-based Independent Healthcare Properties senior health care services company, the developer, owner and manager of 25 Morning Pointe Senior Living communities in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
The Indiana site is in Franklin, northeast of Bloomington, and the other campuses in Kentucky are in Danville, Lexington, Frankfort, Richmond and Russell. An entity called Louisville Development Parnters LLC affiliated with Independent Healthcare bought the Hurstbourne Parkway property for $550,000 in June of last year, according to county property valuation records.
The second phase of the Louisville project, which is to provide 44 apartments in a freestanding Alzheimer\’s center, is expected to be built in 2017-18.
The grand opening event is from 4 to 7 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting at 4:30. Among those expected to attend are Scott Love with the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development, Metro Councilman Robin Engel and Carlos Phillips, senior vice president of the Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce.
One attendee who will be paying especially close attention to the opening festivities is new resident Bob Hall, 84, a long-time photography hobbyist who has been asked by Morning Pointe officials to take photos of the event.
Hall, who described himself as a past \”event photographer,\” had been photographing celebrities — including Bob Hope, Dolly Parton, Glenn Campbell, Carol Channing, Tommy Smothers, Fred MacMurray, Victor Mature and Ernest Borgnine and presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon — for about 40 years until more recent times.
Among the events he\’s photographed have been the Foster Brooks Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Hurstbourne Country Club, which benefited projects of the Kosair Shriners, to which Hall belonged, and Derby-related events in which the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels participated, including the Pegasus Parade. He also once shot the Bardstable-Brown gala in the Highlands to benefit the local diabetes association and was given credentials to take photos at the Kentucky Derby, where he said he shot Nixon.
Hall said this week he treasures his friends and likes to make new friends and that photographing people was a way to do that. One photo a fellow photographer took shows him in about 1975 with a smiling Phyllis Diller, whom Hall also photographed, he said. He also liked to give copies of his photos to his subjects.
Hall worked professionally as an estimator and project manager in the electrical business for nearly 50 years, including 27 years at Marine Electric in Louisville, and is known for his scrapbooks full of photos and a collage on the wall in his senior living apartment, Amy Clarke, a Morning Pointe corporate spokeswoman, said.
\”His specialty was candid shots, meeting people and capturing the moment,\” she said.