In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (10/31/2012)

Construction: Planned

SRP Medical, Frontier Management to Build McKinney, Tex. Community

SRP Medical and Frontier Management are planning an 80,000-square-foot McKinney, Tex. senior living community. The new development will offer 75 assisted living and 32 memory care units in studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities will include a theater room, dining and activity areas, and landscaped courtyards.

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SRP expects to break ground on the community by the end of the year, with completion scheduled for January 2014.

ISL Development Plans $20 Million Calif. Senior Housing Community 

ISL Development is planning an approximately $20 million senior housing project in Whittier, Calif., reports the Whittier Daily News, recently approved by the City Council.

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The planned 84-unit, 104-bed assisted living and memory care development will be built on the site of the former Harris Buck Pontiac GMC auto dealership and will be called Summerland Terrace in Whittier. 

Amenities for Summerland Terrace will include a fitness room and spa, a computer lounge and library, a central dining room, an activities room, a beauty salon, a theater, and a communal activities area. The development will have three two-story buildings connected by walking paths and outdoor courtyards. There will be 36 assisted living units and 48 memory care units.

Upon completion, the community will be operated by Integrated Senior Living, based in Carlsbad, Calif., and owned by ISL Development, based in Newport Beach. 

St. John’s Lutheran Home Planning Senior Living Community on Golf Course

The site of the former Albert Lea Golf Club in Albert Lea, Minn. will soon be transformed into a multi-million dollar senior living development if all goes according to plan, says St. John’s Lutheran Home administrator Scot Spates, reports the Albert Lea Tribune

Construction is supposed to begin during the summer of 2013 on a nursing home, assisted living complex, independent living complex, and senior duplexes. The buildings will be joined by a town center offering services including an activity room and chapel, a barber and beauty shop, a coffee shop, a technology center, and a fitness center.

St. John’s purchased 51 acres of property in December 2010 from American Bank of St. Paul for $367,200 after the commercial developer surrendered the land to the bank following the property’s foreclosure. 

The existing St. John’s senior living campus doesn’t offer assisted living and has no room for expansion.

Architect firm Horty Elving, based in Minneapolis, has been hired to do project design. 

Construction: In the Process

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Breaks Ground on Senior Center in Japan

Honeywell, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, through its corporate citizenship initiative Honeywell Hometown Solutions, has broken ground on a senior care community center in Ofunato, Iwate, to provide support for those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 

The center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013 and was designed by Professor Suguru Mori with the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning at Hokkaido University using contemporary and sustainable building methods that can withstand future earthquakes.

A component of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund, is building the center, to be called the Honeywell Ibasho House.

“Honeywell is committed to helping Japan rebuild,” said Tom Buckmaster, President of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, in a statement. “Working in partnership with Mayor Toda of Ofunato, we’re confident that this center will help the community recover and flourish with healthcare, social programs and overall community resources for elders.”

“Approximately 30 percent of Ofunato’s population is now 65 years old or older,” said Mayor Toda. “With all of the changes that have taken place in the Japanese culture since the earthquake, it is critical that we find resources to help our elders find resources and support their recovery within a community of people of all ages.”

The Honeywell Ibasho House will get support from Operation USA, an international relief agency that helps communities recover from disasters, disease, and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction, and development aid. 

Upon completion, nonprofit organization Ibasho Sozo Project will manage the center, with local schools and universities engaged to provide multi-generational interaction and establish support systems for the residents. 

Texas Senior Care Center Expands With “Upscale” Addition

Jamail & Smith Construction broke ground yesterday on Twin Pines North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an upscale senior care center in Victoria, Tex., reports the Victoria Advocate. The new project is being built to meet demand, according to Philip Hopkins, vice president of operations at Twin Pines. He says his company’s Mockingbird Lane location is “basically full.”

The 90-unit nursing and rehab center will have 61,000 square feet with common areas that will include a soda shop, chapel, private dining, and a gathering courtyard with an exterior fireplace. Two-thirds of the units will be private rooms, and the remaining 30 will be semi-private.

There will also be two therapy units, including one that can handle outpatient therapy.

“This project is a purely custom design, following current trends in design for skilled nursing facilities and incorporating three neighborhoods, each with its own country kitchen and dining, living/recreational areas, sunrooms and exterior patios,” said Darrell Smith, vice president of Jamail & Smith, which is serving as project manager. 

Perkins+Will is serving as lead architect, with Faulkner Design Group providing interior design services and Urban Engineering providing civil engineering services.

Construction is expected to take at least a year.

Primrose Retirement Communities Building Wyoming Senior Living Center

Primrose Retirement Communities is building its third Wyoming senior living community: the Pointe in Cheyenne, slated for completion by the fall of 2013, according to the Wyoming Business Report

The multi-million dollar, 84-unit development will have 40 independent living and 40 assisted living apartments in the main three-story building, and four independent living town homes.

FCI Constructors Inc. is building the community, which is being financed by Wyoming Bank & Trust, both based in Cheyenne. 

Public-Private Partnership Breaks Ground on Ariz. Senior Housing Community

Mesa Housing Associates broke ground recently on Encore on First Avenue, a senior housing development in Mesa, Ariz., reports The independent living center will have 81 units for independent seniors with low to moderate incomes.

Funding for the project comes in part from Arizona Department of Housing low-income tax credits. Construction is expected to be complete by October of next year.

Bridge Housing’s $26 Million Affordable Senior Housing Project Almost Done

Bridge Housing Inc. will celebrate the opening of its newest affordable senior housing project in the Sacramento, California area in a couple weeks, reports the Sacramento Business Journal

Foothill Farms Senior Housing is designed for people aged 55 and older whose incomes are between 30% and 50% of the area’s median income. The new $26 million development, slated to officially open on Nov. 13, has 138 units with sustainable features that include a central courtyard doubling as a bioswale to filter and slow storm runoff prior to its entry into the public storm drainage system. 

Construction: Completed

BMA Management Opens First Ill. AL Community

BMA Management, Ltd., the largest assisted living provider in Illinois, recently opened its first assisted living community in Lake County, Ill.

Heritage Woods of Gurnee is a $20.3 million development with 105 studio and one-bedroom apartments. It is certified to operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program, allowing the community to serve seniors of all incomes, including those on Medicaid. 

The project got more than $8 million in financing through Low Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and purchased by the National Equity Fun and the Build America Fund. Additionally, the Builders ProLoan Fund, LLC, on behalf of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, provided $11.5 million in funding through an FHA-insured mortgage originated by Draper & Kramer Commercial Mortgage Corporation. 

Heritage Woods of Gurnee is a three-story building developed on 3.8 acres in the norther Chicago suburb of Gurnee.

First U.S. “Net Zero” Senior Housing Community Opens in Texas 

The nation’s first net zero energy senior housing project has opened in El Paso, Tex., reports Paisano Green Community is a 73-unit, $10.9 million development that generates at least as much energy as it consumes, combining energy efficiency and renewables generation with burning zero fossil fuels. It is a certified Enterprise Green Community and is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification for construction and operation. 

Features of the Paisano complex include rooftop solar panels and two 80-foot wind turbines that generate all the electricity needed by the community. Excess power is sold back onto the grid via net metering rules with the local utility provider in order to lower operating costs, according to Clean Technica.

Each living unit features air-source heat pump water heaters and EnergyStar appliances; is insulated with a hybrid of three types of insulation; is optimized for solar passive design with large overhangs between units and above windows; and maximizes natural daylighting to reduce energy demands.

Project funding for the senior housing community came from federal and local governments, with $8.25 million of the total costs coming from a competitive federal stimulus grant and the rest from the El Paso City government and housing authority. 

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