Benton House, the new senior living complex in Prairie Village, opens its doors Saturday with public tours and an 11 a.m.-1 p.m.open house.
The facility has 47 apartments available that can accommodate around 60 residents. Seniors can choose from studio or one-bedroom apartments and each size comes with a deluxe version. In addition, an attached memory care area has 12 apartments that could take up to 20 residents.
All of the apartments are on one level and the complex includes full meal service in a dining room, a country kitchen for resident use, a media center, a beauty and barber salon, courtyards and a large outdoor grounds. Each apartment has its own kitchenette. Patios are available on some units. Residents can have small pets in their apartments.
The site at Somerset and Belinder (2700 Somerset Drive) was home to Somerset School that was a neighborhood school in the Shawnee Mission district for years. At the end of its school life it housed students who were displaced while their schools were being rebuilt. Highlands was the last school to use the building before it was sold by the district to Hunt Midwest.
Benton House is operated by Principal Senior Living Group which is based in Georgia. The fees for Benton House include a one-time move-in charge, an inclusive monthly rent (starting at approximately $3,000 currently) and potentially a daily level of care charge, such as medication assistance. The facility offers adult day care and respite care services.
Regular planned activities and transportation are provided to residents as well. The first residents will be moving in this weekend.
Food will be provided during the opening house and no reservations are needed to tour the building.