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3/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Local jobs promised by assisted living project developer
Ron Ziebart, far left, owner of the White Cliffs Senior Living assisted living center, stands with Mayor John Salem; Gary Jeppson, the city’s director of Development Services; and project manager Bob Willyerd and superintendent Joe Abbett, both of Seabold Construction, during an unofficial groundbreaking at the five-acre site.DOUG McMURDO/Miner
Ron Ziebart, far left, owner of the White Cliffs Senior Living assisted living center, stands with Mayor John Salem; Gary Jeppson, the city’s director of Development Services; and project manager Bob Willyerd and superintendent Joe Abbett, both of Seabold Construction, during an unofficial groundbreaking at the five-acre site.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - If there was one word to describe Ron Ziebart's philosophy of how to treat senior citizens who reside in an assisted living facility, it would be dignity.

"There's no reason you can't give people their dignity," said Ziebart, the principal owner of White Cliffs Senior Living, a 107-unit assisted living center now under construction at 3600 Peterson Road in Kingman.

Construction on the $16 million, 96,000-square-foot project is expected to last a year. The brick and mortar cost is $11 million, he said. About $5 million will be spent on furnishing and outfitting the facility.

Oregon-based Seabold Construction is the general contractor. Already, several local subcontractors have been awarded bids to do work at the site.

Crews from Desert Construction, for example, were pushing dirt at the site.

"We're hiring locals as much as we can," said Ziebart.

Project Manager Bob Willyerd and Superintendent Joe Abbett said a high percentage of workers would come from the Kingman area. He expects subcontractors not based in the region to bolster their staffs with local labor, as well.

Willyerd anticipates as many as 300 people would be employed at one point or another during the construction phase.

The site, near Kingman Regional Medical Center, is off Western Avenue and Memorial Street, about a block north of Airway Avenue.

Ziebart said Vancouver, Wash.-based Milestone Retirement Communities, which will operate White Cliffs, has built a reputation for its approach.

"Milestone is well known for their compassion for the resident," said Ziebart, from Salem, Ore.

White Cliffs represents a "quantum shift" in how assisted living facilities are built and managed, he said.

He said an emphasis on the individual, respect for their privacy and a desire to keep them healthier longer is what drives the company.

"It's going to be more residential by design, not institutional," said Ziebart. Amenities include a beauty salon, a bistro, theater, billiards room and exercise room.

The building will be pre-wired for the Internet, and residents will have access to technology that allows them to talk to friends and family on a television monitor, similar to Skype.

Seventy-seven of the 107 units will be for residents. Each of these units will feature a "mini" kitchen.

The other 30 units will cater to people with dementia or other memory issues, he said.

About 50 employees will be required when White Cliffs Senior Living opens next spring.

"We're going to need an activities director, a marketing director and an executive director," said Ziebart. "We're going to need a head chef and a nutritionist ... these are jobs that pay quite well."

"Fifty jobs is significant," said Mayor John Salem in welcoming Ziebart to Kingman.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Article comment by: Rayann Jones

Current manager license and LPN working with the state in Licensing. I have been the ED, Sales and Nurse for other large corporations. I may be willing to relocate and my parents live in Kingman

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Lost Site

I would only wonder where 3600 Peterson Road is. It's not on a Kingman map and doesn't pop up on Google.

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Denise Bensusan

This seems to be a welcomed and positive project to Mohave County. Not only because of jobs but to secure safe and enlightened housing for senior citizens. I hope that this turns out to be the same. .

Honoring our elderly is something that is vital to a healthy America! The dangers of some nursing home style environments are heartbreaking for not only the people who live in them but the family members who are trying to secure a positive and safe place for their family members to flourish in their golden years!

I hope that the jobs are good paying with health care and retirement benefits? .

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Welcome to Kingman

Kingman needs this facility. One question, though. Despite claiming that 50 jobs will be created here were local contractors given the opportunity to bid on this project? I don't understand why a company from Oregon was needed to build it.

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