Downtown Sioux City Hotel & Conference Center to become senior living facility

Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 6:36 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - A downtown Sioux City hotel has been sold to a new owner with future plans of turning the building into a senior living facility.

The Sioux City Hotel and Conference Center, formally the Howard Johnson on 4th Street, was sold in October 2021 for $5.3 million to a company called Amera SL of Sioux City LLC.

The company plans to turn the building into a senior housing facility called Amera Gardens. It would include independent living units, assisted living and memory care units. They also plan to have other amenities like a memory garden, a salon, a library, and physical therapy. They plan to open a showroom on the first floor and aim to open the facility by Spring 2023.

Hampton Obier is the Chief Operating Officer of Fortune M.D. He says they’ve done plenty of research to repurpose the building into a senior living facility.

“We did a year of studies on it and saw that there was a really unmet demand for senior housing in Sioux City. After touring the city several times and talking with many, what we would call stakeholders, we saw a great opportunity to to invest there,” said Obier.

Obier says they hope to have units that people will be able to tour by the middle of this year. They also plan to have a website up in the coming months.

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