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Senior complex seen boosting NPR economy by $14 million

NEW PORT RICHEY — Tenants at the new Magnolia Place senior apartment homes already are developing a family feeling, many people said at the recent grand opening.

“We have become a family in less than a month and a half,” retired pastor John Hoshorian told scores of guests. He had moved in Dec. 12 with brother Ralph, his caretaker.

In December, new neighbors Barbara Ferguson and Grace McIntosh sat down for a chat on the couch in the lobby. McIntosh fawned over Ferguson’s dog, Sassy, a 7-year-old Papillon.

Both women raved about their surroundings at 6715 Congress St., especially since each resident can keep up to two pets.

Community Manager Zita Matrai and Assistant Community Manager Rob Jones ushered many people on tours last week of amenities, such as the recently finished fitness center.

People met hair stylist Edie Montoya and wellness nurse Kimberly Tysco.

Monthly pot-luck luncheons are among many social activities in the works.

A pool is in the back yard. Plans call for easy access to the adjacent New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Tax credits help keep rents very low for the community for people age 55 and older, Matrai explained.

A large number of New Port Richey city officials turned out for the festivities. Mayor Bob Consalvo led a delegation that included city council members, Development Director Lisa Fierceand Fire Chief Alex Onishenko.

The large investment could help boost the New Port Richey economy by some $14 million, Consalvo emphasized.

“They put in a very modern facility,” Fierce said last week before the festivities. “They’ve done a great job.”

Representing the owners, John Dupont thanked Bank of America executives for financing. Saginaw, Mich.-based Wolgast Corp. was general contractor, while Spring Engineering, in Holiday. performed architectural and engineering services.

For information call (727) 845-7000 or email Matrai at and Jones at

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