Bill Wamboldt sees a need in Greenfield for retirement housing.
Wamboldt, a contractor by trade, has for many years wanted to see something in the community for seniors, but the timing was never quite right. Now though, it is.
Wamboldt is partnering up with Mike Bishop, a friend for many years, to create the development. They've called their company Greenfield Estates, and are working with local investors, landowners and suppliers to get the development off the ground.
"I've wanted to do this myself for a long time, so I looked for a partner who would be of like mind and compliment me on skills I'm not good at," he says.
Wamboldt says he is the builder, and Bishop is the salesman.
The units will be built along the Medway River, on the Medway River Road just past the fire hall. Some know it locally as the Eta Hunt property. Wamboldt says it will be six to eight units, all on ground level and designed for senior friendly living. They plan on offering a few options on interior amenities and decor to potential renters or buyers.
There is the possibility for even more to offer as well though. Wamboldt says they are in the very beginning stages for a bistro setting or inn type atmosphere, with rooms to rent similar to a bed and breakfast.
Wamboldt says the interest is already quite high for the development, with people contacting him looking for prices and when they can move in. Both those details are still to be worked out however.
He is hoping to source locally for supplies and workers as much as they can to keep the business in the community.
"We think local people should have the first chance," he says.
This needs to be balanced with keeping the costs low enough to make the units affordable.
Though they aren't ready to take calls yet on the units, Waboldt says they hope to break ground sometime this summer.