In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (7/11/2012)

Construction: In the Process

Nor-Son Breaks Ground on New $3.65 million Minn. Assisted Living Facility

Bridges Care, part of the Benedictine Health System, recently broke ground on a $3.65 million assisted living facility in Ada, Minn., with construction firm Nor-Sun as general contractor. 


The new, 26,000-square-foot assisted living community will be attached to the current Bridges Care Community. Construction will begin in August of 2012, and the project’s expected completion date is Spring of 2013.

Pope Associates designed the project, which will include 18 apartments, a chapel, a daycare center, a small cafe, a maintenance garage, and a courtyard for residents.

Development Group Breaks Ground on $3.5 Million Affordable Senior Housing Complex 


A Canadian development group, Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Everett McDonald, recently broke ground on a $3.5 million affordable senior housing complex in the Canadian province of Alberta, reports the Daily Herald-Tribune.

The 25,000-square-foot project was funded by the town of Sexsmith and through a provincial and federal partnership, and was awarded about $2.3 million through the Municipal Affairs 2011/2012 Housing Capital initiative grant. 

The new building will have 22 units, comprised of seven one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments.

Affordable housing guidelines will apply to the apartment complex, which will be available at rents 10% to 20% beneath market rate.

Marion County, Indiana Breaks Ground on New $8.4 Million Affordable Senior Housing Complex

City officials along with other stakeholders broke ground on Tuesday on an $8.4 million affordable senior housing development in Indianapolis, Ind. First Devington will have 48 units, with 36 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom units meant for 55+ adults.

The complex will also feature rain gardens, a walking trail, an outdoor pavilion, a media center, and an aquatic exercise pool. 

The complex will replace the former Arlington Palms Apartments that used to be located at the same site; it was abandoned in 2009 after being shut down by the Marion County Health Department. First Devington is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013.

BWI and Gary Hobbs is the project developer, with T&W Corporation as the general contract, and MAS & Associates as lead architect. Christin Kappel of Simply Sustainable is the sustainability expert, and Roger Ward of Ward Engineering is the civil engineer. 

New York Hospital On Track with $9.5 Million Assisted Living Facility Project

A New York healthcare facility, Carthage Area Hospital, says construction is progressing on its nearby assisted living project. The hospital purchased a nearly 10-acre plot for $1,066,000 with plans for a 42,000-square-foot project designed by Clinton-based Nelson Associates, reports the Watertown Daily Times.

Construction on the development, dubbed Meadowbrook Terrace, is underway. Once completed, it will have 60 beds distributed in 48 studio apartments and 12 one-bedroom apartments. It will also feature an ice cream parlor, a store, a lounge area, a utility room, a data room, an activity room, a chapel, and an employee work area. 

The facility will also include physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, along with health and wellness programs and help with activities of daily living. 

Carthage Area Hospital is putting up $500,000 for the $9.5 million project; the remaining funds will come from a state grant. 

Whitesboro-based Murnane Building Construction is the development’s general contractor, and there are several subcontractors. The facility is expected to be completed by year’s end. 

Development Group Building Affordable Senior Housing Complex in Mass.

The Community Builders of Boston along with the American Arabic Benevolent Association are developing an affordable senior housing project in West Roxbury, Mass., and have received $4.4 million in financing from the state’s MassHousing program, reports the Boston Herald

Cheriton Heights Senior Housing will have 70 apartments and is being developed under the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program. The six-story building will be built next to the existing 60-unit Cheriton Grove Apartments for Seniors, which was also developed by AABA.

MassHousing closed on a $1.4 million construction and permanent loan, a $2 million bridge loan, and a $1 million loan from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which the independent organization manages on behalf of HUD. 

Construction on the project began this past spring and is expected to be completed by August 2013. 

Construction: Completed

TRISUN Healthcare Opens Texas Senior Care Facility

TRISUN Healthcare, an Austin, Tex.-based subsidiary of Harden Health care, recently opened a new senior care facility, Wyoming Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care, located in Round Rock, Tex. 

TRISUN will manage the community, which was designed and built by national real estate development and investment firm Prevarian Senior Living, LP.

The new, 90,000-square-foot community has 102 assisted living units, 32 of which are dedicated for memory care residents. The units will be comprised of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments with private bathrooms. Each apartment includes a large walk-in closet, high ceilings, a kitchenette, and an emergency call system. The community is pet-friendly, and residents are encouraged to bring their own furnishings.

Wyoming Springs also features a spa, exercise room with classes, computer library, theater, wine bar, on-site barber and beauty salon, a “country store,” gardening spots, and a playground for visiting children. 

KTGY Group-Designed Affordable Senior Housing Community Opens in California

A $10 million senior housing community designed by KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning and developed by Merced, Calif.-based Central Valley coalition for Affordable Housing and Westlake Village, Calif.-based Adroit Development Inc., recently opened in Oakdale, Calif. 

Heritage Oaks Senior Apartments is an environmentally-friendly, 50-unit apartment community for low-income seniors aged 55 or older. The urban-infill community has one- and two-bedroom floor plans in 2- and 3-story Craftsman-inspired buildings. Eligible residents are those who meet the age requirements and earn 30 to 60% of the area media income in Stanislaus County. 

The community offers active adult style amenities, including a community center with a great room; hobby and craft studios; a theater; a game room; a gourmet kitchen; a fitness center, a technology center, and a learning center. 

The site is situated between an existing senior housing project and a mobile home park, with single-family homes across the street for a multigenerational location. 

“Today’s seniors want a resort environment and plenty of amenity choices,” said KTGY Principal Manny Gonzalez, AIA, LEED AP and lead designer on the project. “They want to feel like they are on a vacation and not put away to pasture. They want a variety of socializing areas indoors and outdoors. They want access to gourmet indoor and outdoor kitchens and dining areas to entertain. They want the feel of a health center and not a run of the mill fitness center. They want craft rooms, workshop space and a computer room like they had previously in their single-family homes.”

Spectrum Retirement Communities Opens New Mo. Assisted Living Facility

Spectrum Retirement Communities, LLC recently opened its latest community, Westview at Ellisville Assisted Living, in Ellisville, Mo. 

Westview at Ellisville has 80 units and offers both assisted living and dementia/memory care in hospitality-style apartments. The residences range in size from studio to two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,000-square-foot duplex units, and are designed to maximize independence, health, and security while also providing support to seniors who need more assistance. 

The community will offer on-site personal care services and licensed providers who offer physical rehabilitation, speech and occupational therapies, and monthly health screenings. 

Other amenities include outdoor gardening areas, a resource library with computer area, a full-service salon and day spa, a theater, a gourmet kitchen for resident use, a wellness center, and Spectrum’s signature “At Your Service” hospitality. 

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