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Westchester Plaza to cease operations Aug. 10

After serving more than 4,000 members over the past 20 years, Westchester Plaza announced July 11 it will cease its operations on Aug. 10.

The age and size of the building have caused regulatory challenges, a news release stated.

“Despite the ballooning population of low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, the number of Medicaid-assisted living providers in Texas has steadily declined due to low reimbursement rates, changes in process management of the Medicaid Waiver program, and expansion of alternative entitlement programs,” according to the news release.

The plaza has served as an assisted-living operation and one of the biggest Medicaid recipient housing options in the state of Texas since 1998.

The release states that Westchester Plaza property management is helping residents find relocation with the help of local groups and “Managed Care Organizations contracted to manage the Star+Plus Medicaid Waiver program.”

In 2014, a California-based REIT was looking to purchase the more than 50-year-old Westchester Plaza assisted living tower on the Near Southside, demolish it, and redevelop the site, but those plans fell through.

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