In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (3/17/16)

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(Living room at the Christopher Heights of Northampton senior housing community in Northampton, Mass. — Photo courtesy of Cutler Associates)

Construction: Planned

Columbia Pacific Advisors Plans 237-Unit Senior Housing Community in Seattle

Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC, is entering into a long-term ground lease with the Archdiocese of Seattle and St. James Cathedral to build a 237-unit senior housing community in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood.

The 24-story development will offer independent living apartments, assisted living units and memory care suites at 620 Terry Ave.

Columbia Pacific Advisors expects to begin construction on the project next year, with an opening slated for 2019.

While senior care remains part of the company’s real estate strategy, the firm has a broad real estate portfolio that spans multiple property types and geographic regions.

In just under five years, the firm has built an acquisition and development platform that consists of over 2,500 senior housing units; 1,200 multi-family units and more than 800,000-square-feet of commercial space around the U.S.

Ryan Companies, Grand Living Plan Iowa Senior Living Community for Fall 2016

Minneapolis-based builder Ryan Companies and Excelsior, Minn.-based Grand Living recently announced plans to develop Grand Living in Iowa City, a new senior living community that will begin construction in the fall of 2016.

Located adjacent to Melrose Avenue and Camp Cardinal Boulevard in Iowa City, the new community will offer 170 residences ranging from studios to two-bedroom den apartment homes—while providing independent, assisted living and memory care services within a four-story design.

Grand Living in Iowa City will offer a variety of dining and menu options in alternate settings, including formal and casual dining, as well as a bistro and clubroom.

A wellness center and spa will feature a full-service salon, indoor pool, exercise studio and offices for rotating medical providers. Additional amenities include a Grand Lounge and library, a performance theater for the arts, music and lifelong learning programs, a chapel, activity and arts studios, wood working shop and studio, pet grooming center and instrumental practice rooms.

Abby Development Plans 226-Unit Ark. Community

Dallas-based Abby Development, a developer, owner and operator of luxury senior housing communities, has announced plans to develop a new senior living community in Rogers, Ark.

The new 295,000-square-foot Arabella of Rogers community will feature 100 independent living units, 20 independent living cottages, 60 assisted living units and 36 memory care units.

The resort-style campus will include upscale amenities such as indoor/outdoor swimming pools, a stocked fishing lake with walking trails, movie theaters and more.

Abby Development currently owns and operates senior housing communities throughout Texas.

The company, which plans to break ground in late 2016, will operate Arabella of Rogers upon its completion.

Construction: In process

The Arbor Company, Capitol Seniors Housing Bring New Senior Living Community to N.J.

The Arbor Company, an Atlanta-based senior housing operator, is currently underway on its latest project, an 82-unit community for Morris Plains, N.J.

Arbor Terrace of Morris Plains is now under construction at 361 Speedwell Ave. and will open in the spring of 2017.

Located in the heart of downtown Morris Plains, the new community is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping and a NJ Transit train station. Residents will enjoy access to a range of support services and amenities, including a physical therapy and rehabilitation area, bistro, salon and gourmet dining.

The project is being developed by Washington, D.C.-based Capitol Seniors Housing and will be managed by The Arbor Company, which operates seven communities in the mid-Atlantic region, including N.J., Md., Pa. and Va.

Once completed, Arbor Terrace of Morris Plains will feature 35 assisted living units and 26 memory care units within its three-story structure.

Arbor Terrace will also feature 21 Bridge units designed for seniors in the transitional stage—residents who need more help than offered by assisted living, but do not yet require full-service memory care.

Arbor Terrace of Morris Plains was designed by Meyer Design, Inc., which handled both the architectural and interior designs.

The general contractor for the project is IMC.

Sonata Senior Living Breaks Ground on Fla. Assisted Living Community

Sonata Senior Living, the senior housing arm of Orlando, Fla.-based Sonata Healthcare, LLC, broke ground Tuesday for a new state-of-the-art assisted living community in Winter Garden, Fla.





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Scheduled to open in early 2017, Sonata West will encompass over 139,000-square-feet within a two-story building featuring 78 spacious independent living apartments and 35 assisted living apartments.

The community will also offer a limited number of “club level” apartments featuring enhanced services, as well as apartment upgrades and controlled access.

Community amenities include a full service restaurant serving locally grown fare, a pool, intimate bistro/bar, library, auditorium, theatre, general store, art studio, fitness studio, bocce ball court, picnic pavilion and dog park.

Sonata West is Sonata Senior Living’s fifth senior living community in Central Florida, and their second resort-style living community.

The community is located at 420 Roper Road in Winter Garden, Fla.

The Reserve at North Dallas Wrapping Up Renovations

The Reserve at North Dallas, an independent and assisted living community formerly called Town Village North Dallas, is nearing completion of a major remodel to better serve residents.

The community, which is operated by Carlsbad, Calif.-based Integral Senior Living (ISL), recently invested $5.5 million into the remodeling project, which is aimed at creating a vibrant lifestyle for residents and providing new features, such as Flo’s Café, which provides a gathering spot for guests as well as an event venue to showcase the hospitality and sense of community at The Reserve at North Dallas.

In the next month, ISL said the multi-million renovation will be complete with major enhancements made to the community’s lobby and bistro/bar area, movie theater, fitness center, expansive dining room, private dining room, outdoor area and upgraded apartment amenities, as well as an entire rebranding of the updated community.

The Reserve at North Dallas offers 243 independent living and 26 assisted living residences in total. The community is located in the heart of Dallas at 12271 Coit Road.

Senior Housing Management Renovates Brown Deer Place Community

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Senior Housing Management is underway on a $2 million renovation project at the Brown Deer Place Retirement Living & Memory Care community in Coralville, Iowa.

Formerly dubbed Windmill Pointe & Hawthorne Inn Estates, the Brown Deer Place community began work on major changes both structurally and operationally on January 1, 2016.

The renovations, which will be completed by Merit Construction Company and a team of local subcontractors, will include a new sprinkler system, wireless emergency call systems, new windows, paint, carpeting, furniture and more.

On March 10, representatives from Senior Housing Management, Merit Construction Company, Brown Deer Place and RFMS Inc. gathered to commemorate the unveiling of new signage at the community.

Construction: Completed

Cutler Associates Completes $10.1 Million Mass. Assisted Living Community

Worcester, Mass.-based Cutler Associates recently completed a new 83-unit assisted living community in Northampton, Mass.

Dubbed Christopher Heights of Northampton, the new $10.1 million, 83-unit development utilized an award of low income housing tax credits, and also includes 43 units set aside for low-income individuals.

The Northampton facility is the fifth Christopher Heights assisted living project built by Cutler Associates. Each Christopher Heights community offers affordable assisted living in home-like settings.

In addition to Northampton, other Christopher Heights locations include Worcester, Webster, Attleboro and Marlborough, Mass.

Designed by SMOOK Architecture and Urban Design, with interiors by Currier & Associates, the new community is the newest addition to an ongoing redevelopment of a former state hospital site into a master planned, mixed-use community called Village Hill.

This new community is transforming a 126-acre site into a variety of office, R&D, retail, light-industrial and diverse residential uses.

Village Concepts Opens Newly Rebranded Wash. Community

Wash.-based senior living provider Village Concepts recently acquired the Woodland Estates assisted living property in Chehalis, Wash. and rebranded it as Woodland Village—the company’s 16th location.

Woodland Village is a 96-unit retirement community featuring cottages, townhouses and apartments with plans for expansion on the horizon.

The community currently has plans underway to expand the property, helping to solve Lewis County’s growing need for senior housing.

In addition to a variety of organized on- and off-site activities, residents of the property will be able to stroll alongside the shops at Market Boulevard, visit the public library or take in fresh air alongside Coal Creek Road next door.

Founded in 1975, Village Concepts owns and operates residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington state. The company also provides property management and consulting services for owners of assisted living communities.

Village Concepts draws upon 40 years of experience in providing personalized care to more than 1,400 residents in 16 senior living communities throughout Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and Central Washington.

Written by Jason Oliva

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