NORTH MANKATO, Minn. - Birchwood Cottages will open to the public Saturday for an open house.

The facility has two cottages under one roof. Each cottage has 16 rooms, both with a full–time nurse.

The assisted living facility specializes in memory care and enhanced care.

"Sometimes people will move in with us that have MS, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, so they might come straight from a nursing home and choose to live in our setting," Dir. of Business Operations Natalie Burnell said.

A focus of the facility is resident engagement. Along with features like an activity room and a courtyard, music therapy programs will be offered.

"As you have trouble with short term memory, your long term memory remains," Campus Administrator Kim Alinder said. "Music is a way to help people feel better, to feel more relaxed, more comfortable in their home–like setting here."

The facility also has a number of safety features, like cameras in all of the common areas, and motion sensors in the resident rooms.

For those wanting to get a look at The Birchwood Cottages, an open house takes place tomorrow from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"We'll have live music, a full meal, and we'll be giving tours of the building and be ready to show everybody what we have to offer," President Ryan Wempen said.

The property at Lee Boulevard and Lor Ray Drive has had quite a history over the past five years.

Starting with the violent death of its former owner Lloyd Tschohl in 2013, to the heated battles in the North Mankato City Council Chambers over what was to be done with the property.

--KEYC News 12