HUDSON — A $30 million resort-style retirement community is coming to Barlow Road, according to officials with Hudson Meadows Retirement Community.

Representatives of Resort Lifestyle Communities of Lincoln, Neb., hosted a luncheon at the Rosewood Grill this week to celebrate the groundbreaking of the company’s newest all-inclusive independent living community, Hudson Meadows.

Planned on eight acres at 1275 Barlow Road, the former home of the Flood Company, Hudson Meadows will be a three-story complex occupying 200,000 square feet of space, according to Kelly Jo Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Resort Lifestyle Communities.

Hinrichs said RLC chose to locate in Hudson because the firm saw a need for a community geared toward those 55 years and older who are not ready for skilled nursing or assisted living.

“An independent living lifestyle offers residents a safe living environment with minimal assistance,” Hinrichs said. “Our communities, including Hudson Meadows, are modeled on ‘resort-style living’, in that our monthly rent is all-inclusive. There are no buy-in fees or long-term leases.”

She said the communities feature a flexible dining program with a soup and salad bar, and a display cooking area for customized meals such as omelets, sandwiches and made-to-order pizzas. The 24-hour Chef’s Pantry enables residents to help themselves any time. The community also features 24-hour concierge services for residents.

Rent includes unlimited meals, weekly housekeeping, an emergency response system, events and entertainment, scheduled transportation, valet service, free laundry facilities located on each floor, an exercise facility and classes, Hinrichs said. Additionally, all utilities, except personal telephone, are included.

She said monthly rental charges will range from $3,100 for a studio apartment; $3,150 for a one-bedroom; $4,550 for a two-bedroom; and $5,200 for a three-bedroom. In each case, there is a $600 monthly fee for a second person living in the apartment, Hinrichs added.

Charter residents of Hudson Meadows will receive $1,000 back plus a free washer and dryer and a free garage for six months. A total of 128 apartments varying in size will be available to rent, she said, plus one for a live-in manager and another for the travel program in which a resident who is traveling from another RLS property can stay here free of charge.

Even though rent includes meals, each apartment will have a full kitchen, Hinrichs says.

“Why?” she said. “It’s their home. Where does everyone gather at home? In the kitchen. We want residents to feel at home.”

Apartments are unfurnished so residents may keep their own furniture.

A typical Resort Lifestyle Community has around 45 full- and part-time employees, or 30-35 full-time equivalent employees, including live-in managers, Hinrichs said. Although an opening date has not been set, she said RLC will work with the Hudson Chamber of Commerce to select a date. Before Hudson Meadows opens, she added, RLC will host a local hiring event.

Depending on weather, construction will take between 16-18 months.

Within the Hudson Meadows complex, she said, will be spaces for local business owners to operate an on-site pharmacy, beauty shop and bank/credit union.

For more information on Hudson Meadows Retirement Community, call Charles Burton, RLC’s new community marketer, at 330-653-2053; 216-299-4407; or


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