Three Links  is moving toward constructing 60 market rate independent living units in the city of Northfield.

A press release states the organization on Monday finalized the purchase of 1.66 acres of land between Millstream Commons and the Village of the Cannon in off Water Street in downtown to help facilitate the project.

“Long-term plans for the land are to connect Millstream Commons and the Village on the Cannon with approximately 60 independent-living units and common areas,” the release states. “With this purchase, Three Links will be able to provide more services in downtown Northfield and allow seniors to age and thrive in place. The demand for senior housing with convenient, local amenities is great.”

The layout of the project and when the units will be constructed have not been finalized.

“There is a need for independent living for older adults in the Greater community of Northfield,” Three Links CEO Mark Anderson said. He added the plan is part of the organization’s goal to serve the entire community.

Three Links Director of Marketing Pam Tidona said if the community’s need for senior housing is not met, retirees will likely find other communities to live.

“Northfield has a strong interest in keeping residents here, and Northfield is designated as a place to retire, so we’d like to be a part of that,” she said.

Residents living in the news development will be close to downtown and to amenities such as the farmers market and retail stores.

The timeline for the project has not been determined.

The land was privately owned by Friends of Villages on the Cannon, an organization representing property owners at Village on the Cannon.

“We are grateful for the collaboration of the Village on the Cannon Board of Directors and to the Friends of the Village on the Cannon for their support of this purchase and for the shared vision of this property,” Anderson said in the release. “I credit (Millstream Commons Director Kathy Olson) for strengthening these relationships over the years.”

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