Madison County’s third assisted-living center showcased itself to community leaders Tuesday as the Richmond Chamber of Commerce cut a ceremonial ribbon to open Arcadian Cove in Golden Leaf Farms, a planned-unit development off Duncannon Lane.

The one-story facility, owned by former National Football League player Kimo von Oelhoffen, contains 49 units and can house up to 65 residents.

Residents may chose studio, one-bedroom and one-bedroom deluxe apartments, said Derek Cimala, Arcadian Cove’s executive director.

The facility accepted its first resident, William Sharp, on Nov. 6.

Arcadian Cove has received approval from the Richmond Planning Commission to construct 41 condominiums around the assisted-living building

Oelhoffen, who was drafted out of Boise State University in 1994 by the Cincinnati Bengals, said Arcadian Cove, his first assisted living center, was “the most meaningful project” he has done since becoming a real estate developer.

The Richland, Wash., resident has constructed 22 single-family homes on a 60-lot tract called Sycamore Park that he also owns in Golden Leaf Farms. He has other developments around the country.

Oelhoffen, a native of Hawaii, said he has a special interest in caring for seniors because he was raised by his grandparents. His 92-year-old grandfather died as Oelhoffen was graduating from high school.

Oelhoffen said he chose to invest in Madison County because of relationships with local business leaders, including attorney Michael Eaves, former nusring home owner Delbert Ousley and Tim Edwards and David Benge of Cumberland Valley National Bank.

Edwards said his bank was impressed with the “team of experts” that Oelhoffen had assembled to design and construct his proposed developments.

Arcadian Cove was 40 days from opening when it was hit by the May 8 tornado, Oelhoffen said.

His football background gives him a heightened appreciation for the importance of teamwork, Oelhoffen said.

“Because of the great team we had in place here in Richmond, we were able to recover more rapidly after the tornado hit,” he said.

Among the facility’s first residents was Pauline Hughes, mother of Marva Fassas and Billy Ray Hughes.

“Mama’s never been happier than she has been since moving into Arcadian Cove,” Fassas said.

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 624-6622.

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