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Tallgrass Creek poised to grow and thrive

Premiere community celebrates five-year anniversary

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September 25th, 2012

Five years ago this month, Tallgrass Creek opened its doors, making it the first Erickson Living community in Kansas. Today, about 300 active retirees live at Tallgrass Creek, and only six apartment homes are available at this point. The community began with just 88 apartment homes. However, the concept of maintenance-free living caught on quickly in the Kansas City area, and apartment homes reserved rapidly from day one. To accommodate the growing demand, Tallgrass Creek constructed additional apartment homes, and there are currently 225 units. Sales Counselor Judy Baxter has played an active role in Tallgrass Creek s growth. She meets with all prospective community members before they move in and assists them with their transitions. It has been a privilege being a part of Tallgrass Creek s growth, Judy says. In my role in the sales department, I ve had the honor of helping each resident move into their apartment home. I truly believe Tallgrass Creek provides an excellent lifestyle, and I m proud to be a part of the Tallgrass Creek family created by our residents and staff. Like Judy, many residents and staff view Tallgrass Creek as more than just a place to live or work. Over the last five years, the people living and working at the community have formed somewhat of an extended family. They care for and support one another through happy times and difficult ones. Tallgrass Creek provides residents with opportunities to live truly engaged and active lifestyles. When the community first opened, it had just six clubs and committees. Today, Tallgrass Creek boasts 56 different clubs and committees, all of which have been formed based on residents interests and passions. From woodworking and knitting, to yoga and water aerobics, to politics and art clubs, there truly is something for everyone at Tallgrass Creek. Five years and 300 residents later, Executive Director Peter Crane says Tallgrass Creek is poised to grow and thrive. We will continue being the premiere retirement community in the Kansas City market, Crane says. Developing higher levels of care that include assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and long-term care has already begun, and our goal is to have a groundbreaking in 2013. We re also planning additional development of buildings and property to enable even more folks to experience the great lifestyle that current residents enjoy.