Jim Corbett speaks to the Lander City Council. Joshua Scheer photo.

Jim Corbett speaks to the Lander City Council. Joshua Scheer photo.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Housing Authority is taking some early steps in exploring the possibility of creating a new assisted living facility for the town.

On Tuesday evening, the Lander City Council agreed it would consider sponsoring a grant so that the housing authority can study the feasibility of creating a new assisted living facility.

Housing Authority board member Jim Corbett presented the request to the council. He said the board believes there’s a need in Lander for another assisted living facility. “The situation with ours isn’t great with physical plant, among other things,” Corbett said of the Showboat Retirement Center. He noted that the Showboat’s building was abandoned by the local hospital about 40 years ago.

The housing authority is now in the process exploring the application process for a Wyoming Business Council grant. Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud said the maximum grant award would be $25,000. The housing authority would use the funds to do a feasibility study.

Councilor Dick Hudson said he had heard concerns about places for seniors while he was campaigning a couple years and thought the study was a good idea.

The council’s vote was unanimous to support the grant application.