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Community of DeWitt Celebrates New Senior Living Complex with May 11th Groundbreaking Ceremony

Nikki Gillespie
Release Date
May 11, 2021

$19.3 Million USDA Rural Development Loan Assisting with Construction of Fieldstone of DeWitt

DEWITT, Iowa – May 11, 2021 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today in the eastern Iowa community of DeWitt to commence construction of a new senior living complex serving residents throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is providing a $19.3 million loan to support the construction of the project which will offer assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care to its residents.

“Access to quality healthcare is critical for rural Iowans and the communities in which they reside,” said Darin Leach, USDA Rural Development Acting State Director in Iowa. “Helping leaders in communities such as DeWitt identify ways to improve these opportunities for rural Iowans is an important emphasis at USDA Rural Development.”

Fieldstone of DeWitt is a project of WellSpire, LLC, through a partnership between WesleyLife and Genesis Health.  

The 95,000 square-foot building will be located on 14 acres and include a 70-bed nursing facility designed in four wings, each having its own commons area with centralized dining, serving kitchen, family room and outdoor courtyard. The wings will be connected to a centralized commons area that will join the 21-unit assisted living facility.   

The assisted living facility will offer outpatient therapy, a community room, botanical garden, spa, salon, wellness center, bistro and administrative and support spaces.  

Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2022.  

This funding was made available through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and villages including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and /or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. 

“We are proud to serve the needs of rural people and places to ensure that rural America continues to thrive and to drive the economy,” Leach added. “We are very happy to be a partner with all the communities we serve as they work hard to make investments that will impact future generations.” 

Contact USDA Rural Development

Residents, businesses and communities in Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Scott Counties are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Tipton. For more information please call (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/ia 

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas.  Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page. 

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.