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RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PLANNED

 RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PLANNED
 DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The site where automotive


pioneer Henry Ford was born will soon become home to one of America's most comprehensive life care retirement communities.
 Ground breaking will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. for Henry Ford Village which will be built over the next five years on a 35-acre parcel of farm land at the southeast corner of Ford Road and Greenfield Avenue in Dearborn. It is here that Henry Ford was born in 1863 and where he spent his boyhood years.
 Henry Ford Village's one- and two-bedroom apartments will accommodate over 1,000 independent residents taking advantage of the community's 24-hour security, on-site health care, daily dining and activities.
 The new community is a joint venture of Ford Motor Land Development Corporation and Retirement & Health Services Corporation, a development firm that built and manages a 1,500-resident community near Baltimore, that is often cited as the most progressive life care community in America.
 An information center has opened on the site and over 200 people already have made deposits, according to John Erickson, president of Retirement & Health Services Corporation.
 "We're very pleased with the strong interest that has been shown in this development and are confident it will be a great success," Mr. Erickson said. "Construction on the first phase will begin this fall and the first units will be open by September 1993."
 "We wanted the ultimate use of the original Ford family farm to be a fitting tribute to Henry Ford's lifetime of contributions to mankind and progress," said Wayne Doran, Ford Land chairman. "We think we will achieve that with Henry Ford Village -- a community which will allow retired people to live longer, safer and more independently.
 "The residents will enjoy a lifestyle that was simply unimaginable until recent years."
 Henry Ford Village will give people who were productive their entire working lives -- whether they were professionals, executives, craftsmen, teachers or homemakers -- the opportunity to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle throughout their retirement.
 The community will have three dining areas for independent residents, a chapel, medical center, its own in-house television channel for televising community information and events, on-site college courses, on-site banking, shopping, hair salons and a myriad of activities reflecting the varied interests of the community's residents.
 Like many life care communities popular throughout America, Henry Ford Village plans to offer several levels of personal and medical services so that residents will not have to move if their health needs change.
 Although the community's daily emphasis will be on its active, independent lifestyle, on-site nursing care will be provided to meet the short- or long-term needs of residents. Home health care will be available to residents should they need temporary care in their apartments following a hospitalization.
 The Village's on-site medical center will be staffed by physicians who specialize in geriatrics medicine. Visiting specialists such as cardiologists, ophthalmologists and orthopedic surgeons will also hold regular office hours in the medical center.
 Refundable entrance deposits will range from $63,000 for studio apartments to $79,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $135,000 for two- bedroom, two-bath apartments.
 Henry Ford Village will become an integral part of the 2,360-acre Fairlane community being developed in Dearborn and adjacent Allen Park by Ford Motor Land Development Corporation. Over the past two decades, Fairlane has become a world-class business, retail and residential community. It includes shopping centers, office parks, hotels, restaurants, commerce parks, a medical center, residential areas and recreational facilities.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Foote of Ford, 313-322-9600/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Land Development Corporation; Retirement & Health
 Services Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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