The new assisted living facility on the former Tschohl property in North Mankato is opening its doors this weekend so the community can take a first-hand look at what they’ve done with the former farm.

Birchwood Cottages director of business operations Natalie Burnell said they’re holding a professional open house on Friday afternoon, for those in the business of caring for seniors, “And then we have our public open house on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and that is for the public to come in and check us out and see what we have to offer and have something to eat while they’re here – and a tour and information.”

The property has been somewhat controversial for years after Lloyd Tschohl was killed in a police standoff at the former farm in early 2013, and an attempt to have the land declared a city park failed. Burnell said they are inviting anyone to stop by, “Even people that are just curious because they property has had a lot of publicity around it and there’s been lots of talk in the community about it.”

The developers did preserve as much of the historic elements of the farm as they could and Burnell said, “We wanted to save as many of the beautiful oak trees as we could. We wanted to try to save the barn but it just ended up not being feasible to do that.”

Burnell said they specialize in memory and advanced care for seniors and locals should, “Hope that you never need our services, but if you do you will know about what we have going on. We have a full activities calendar, we have a certified music therapist on staff, we have Live to be Healthy coming in – an exercise wellness program.”

Residents will begin moving in on Monday.