In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (4/11/2012)

Affirmed Housing Group Breaks Ground on 55+ Housing Community in California

Affirmed Housing Group, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., recently broke ground on an affordable and sustainable residential development for seniors in El Cajon, Calif. Solterra will be a housing community for people aged 55 and above and will offer 49  homes, including 46 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom homes in two buildings.

The residences will offer traditional and modern design elements to complement the style of the surrounding architecture. Community amenities will include on-site management, a computer lounge, gated and covered parking, and a community room.


Solterra will be a mixed-used development with on-site businesses and retailers.

“It is rare to find a mixed-use, senior development that pairs affordability and sustainability so near a city center,” said James Silverwood, President of Affirmed Housing Group. “We believe that Solterra brings together many elements that the coming generation of seniors will appreciate.”

Brookdale Adding $17 Million Memory Care Facility to a Florida Community


Brookdale Senior Living is adding a $17 million memory care facility to The Carriage Club of Jacksonville, a 298-unit retirement community located in Jacksonville, Fla., reports the local Business Journal.

T.W. Frierson Contractor Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., received a building permit from the city of Jacksonville to build a 27-bed, 19,500-square-foot facility at 9601 Southbrook Drive.

New Silverado Memory Care Community in the Works in Illinois

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California-based Silverado Senior Living has gained permission from Naperville’s City Council Planning and Zoning Commission to build an 90-bed Alzheimer’s facility in the Illinois city, according to the Naperville Sun.

The company’s proposal is for a one story, 44,200-square-foot facility with a 16,710-square-foot interior courtyard and several outdoor recreational facilities, located on a 4.5 acre property. The petition to build now needs approval from the full City Council, and will be heard next month.

Indian River Estates Includes Person-Centered Care Model in $28 Million Health Campus

Indian River Estates recently completed a $28 million campus health center in Vero Beach, Fla., which opened on April 3, 2012. The campus includes the WillowBrooke Court Skilled Care Center, which is based on the person-centered care model concept in terms of service delivery and architectural design. The center will accommodate 120 residents on two floors and features enhanced privacy and expanded services.

More than $3 million was funded by Indian River Estates residents, according to officials at ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Indian River Estate’s parent company. Health care services at the campus are provided with no increase to a resident’s monthly fee through the community’s life care plan.

The WillowBrooke Court’s design follows a movement to make senior care into a more home-like environment, allowing residents to live in “households” and share a kitchen, dining room, and living room. The model features flexible schedules and activities, enhanced dining options, and larger living spaces and activity areas to promote socialization.

Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centers Breaks Ground on New York Nursing Home

Operator Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centers recently broke ground on a 240-bed nursing home in Rotterdam, New York that will replace two existing skilled nursing facilities it operates, reports the Times Union.

The two existing facilities are the 154-bed The Avenue, which will be demolished upon the new project’s completion, and 86-bed The Dutch Manor, which will be converted to an assisted living facility.

The new building is located on an 8.5 acre site next to the existing nursing homes. With a planned 240 beds, it represents a downsizing of 70 beds, required by the Berger Commission, a state panel whose role it is to reduce excess capacity at hospitals and nursing homes.

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