In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (5/23/2012)

Construction: Planned

Eastern Consolidated is marketing a 51.65-acre fully entitled development site in Brookhaven Long Island for $15 million, reports the National Real Estate Investor. The site includes approved plans for constructing a 408-unit senior housing project, Heritage Square Housing Development.

The development plans feature a 392,400-square-foot residential building and a 20,000-square-foot building earmarked for commercial/restaurant use. The site is nearby the Hamptons, and will offer 60 one-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom units in three buildings.


The Heritage Square plans also include 288 two-bedroom garden-style units in townhomes; the land purchaser can opt for any combination of residential living on the site, according to NREI, and the site plan will never expire.

Architectural plans are in the schematic design stage, reports NREI, and civil engineering plans have been completed and approved. Adelaide Polsinelli, Ben Tapper, and Robert Khodadadian, from Eastern Consolidated, are promoting the sale. 

Benchmark Healthcare to Build $6.5 Million Senior Care Facility in Missouri


Benchmark Healthcare, LLC, a regional senior housing operator and investor based in St. Louis, Mo., recently announced it would build a $6.5 million skilled nursing facility in Union, Mo. after receiving permission for the project from the Franklin County commission, reports

Benchmark Healthcare of Union would be a 60-bed, 30,000-square-foot facility that will feature state-of-the-art amenities and infrastructure providing both long-term care and short-term rehabilitative care.

Preliminary building designs have been completed, and Benchmark expects it will break ground in Fall 2012, with the first residents moving in the following year. 

Schenectady County to Build $43.5 Million County-Run Nursing Home

Schenectady County’s legislature has voted to approve the construction of a county-run nursing home, located in Scotia, New York, along with approving $34.6 million in bids on the project, reports the Times Union

The 200-bed nursing home will cost an estimated $43.5 million and will replace an existing 360-bed facility that is currently being subsidized by the county; a Republican legislator who voted against the construction said the existing home has cost the county almost $70 million in the last 10 years.

Those in favor of the new nursing home, which will be built on the site of the existing one, hope to increase the private-pay census with a state-of-the-art facility. According to a Democratic legislator, 85% of the construction costs will be paid for through Medicaid’s capital reimbursement program, while the other 15% will come from a 30-year bond. 

The old Glendale Home will be demolished once the new one is completed. There will be 170 private rooms and 15 where two residents will share a bathroom.

The approved contracting bids, as reported by the local Business Journal, are as follows: 

• BCI Construction Inc. of Albany, $5.6 million for general contracting work
• DiGesare Mechanical Inc. of Schenectady, $6.2 million for plumbing and HVAC
• AM Contracting LLC of Albany, $5.2 million for drywall, acoustical and painting services
• Schenectady Steel Co. Inc. of Schenectady, $2.5 million for structural steel work
• August Bohl Contracting Co. Inc. of Glenmont, $2.3 million for site work
• Cristo Demolition Inc. of Albany, $1.8 million for demolition and hazardous materials abatement
• Gross Electric Inc. of Queensbury, $3.6 million for electrical work
• Jersen Construction Group LLC of Waterford, $1.5 million for concrete work

Construction: In the Process

Brookings Health System Breaks Ground on New Skilled Nursing Facility in S.D.

Brookings Health System recently broke ground on a new neighborhood-style skilled nursing facility in South Dakota, reports Construction on Brookview Manor’s new facility officially began in April, but the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony officially marks Phase II of the organization’s Master Campus Plan. 

The 67,000-square-foot structure is being constructed by Clark Drew Construction and will triple Brookview Manor’s existing space. 

“This new center reflects new trends in long-term care and a more social and interactive model,” said Jason Merkley, president and CEO of Brookings Health System, in a statement. “Baby-boomers will expect a higher level of care and technological advancements from skilled nursing. They will expect to live as active of a lifestyle as possible, even after they come to stay at a facility like ours.”

The new structure will be a pod-style facility with three distinct “neighborhoods,” each of which will hold two “households.” Each household will accommodate 13 residents. The neighborhoods and households will include kitchen and living spaces along with private family dining rooms, spa areas, and other amenities. 

BHI Senior Living Launching $32 Million Renovation/Expansion Project for Indiana Community

BHI Senior Living, based in Indiana, is in the midst of a $32 million renovation and expansion project for its Hoosier Village continuing care retirement community that’s located on a 300-acre campus in Zionsville, Ind. 

Hoosier Village is expanding not just to meet the demand of the expanding 80+ demographic, but also in the hopes of appealing to the preferences of the aging baby boomer population.

“Today’s seniors are planners, and they want to continue to make their own decisions,” said Sally Keenan, executive director of Hoosier Village. “Many like the peace of mind that comes from knowing a change in their life situations won’t require a major move.”

Phase I on the expansion includes a 20,000-square-foot Community Center as well as a Memory Support Center. The community center will include an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, art studio, classroom space, and multiple exercise rooms for various health and wellness classes. The memory care building will be licensed for residential care and will utilize design and program concepts from the most current research on memory disorders. It will feature 36 private accommodations as well as common living spaces.

Under Phase II of the project, Hoosier Village will add 100 apartments with Hawthorn Hall, replacing an existing residential building.

The CCRC already offers cottage homes, independent living apartments, and a Medicare-certified health and rehabilitation center.

Construction: Completed

California CCRC Completes $750,000 Renovation

Morningside of Fullerton, a continuing care retirement community located in Fullerton, Calif., recently completed a two-year, $750,000 renovation on two of its existing residential buildings to update and modernize carpeting, paint, furniture, and decor. The project comes after the CCRC completed a similar renovation on another of its apartment buildings in 2011. 

The final phase of the community’s renovation project will begin late this year or in early 2013, according to Justin Wilson, executive vice president of CoreCare III, Morningside’s on-site partner. This leg of the project will include expanding the community’s lounge and improving its dining room. 

The recently-completed renovation on Canyonside and Mountainside, made up of 177 apartment units, follow Morningside’s $2 million renovation and expansion program in 2010 of the CCRC’s main entertainment center. The program also included adding a wellness center and a fitness center.

Morningside also announced the completion of a 2,000-square-foot villa home built on a private lot, and the redevelopment of a park and seating area.

Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates of Marina Del Rey, Calif., provided the interior design services for the building renovation project, with Culp Construction Co. of Irvine, Calif., serving as the general contractor. Culp was also the general contractor for the custom villa and park renovation.

Morningside of Fullerton includes 326 independent living residences along with a large commons building, multiple amenities, and a nearby health center featuring a 54-unit assisted living residence and a 99-bed skilled nursing center. 

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