In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (12/20/12)

Construction: Planned

CNL Healthcare Trust to Invest $21.5 Million Ga. Senior Housing Development

Senior housing and care REIT CNL Healthcare Trust will invest $21.5 million in the development of Dogwood Forest of Acworth, a senior housing community planned for Acworth, Ga. about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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The community will be a three-story building with about 85,000 square feet. It will have 92 units: 46 assisted living apartments and 46 memory care suites. Out of the memory care units, 22 will be designated for residents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, while the remaining units will be reserved for residents requiring specialized memory care.

Dogwood Forest of Acworth will feature a bistro, barber/salon and media room, along with a dining room, common area living room, and sitting areas located throughout the community. 

Solomon Senior Living Holdings, LLC will develop the project, and Trinity Lifestyles Management, Solomon’s affiliated management company, will manage the community under a long-term agreement with CNL Healthcare Trust. 

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Erickson Living to Build Continuing Care Building at Kans. Campus

Erickson Living’s Tallgrass Greek retirement community in Overland Park, Kans. will soon begin construction to add a continuing care building to its 65-acre campus in Spring 2013. 

The expansion project will add 28 assisted living apartments, 28 memory care apartments, and 44 skilled nursing rooms, for a total of 100 new units and 104 licensed beds.

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A building permit has been issued to manager and developer Erickson Living by the City of Overland Park, and a request for construction bids will be issued to several construction companies, to be awarded in early 2013. 

Lantz-Boggio of Englewood, Colo., will provide architecture and design services.

The first phase of construction will include a common area building that will be the center of the continuing care development, along with a commercial kitchen that will serve all higher levels of care, and an assisted living area that is expected to be ready for operation by December 2013. The second phase will include the addition of long-term care and skilled nursing, as well as memory care. The final phase of building is expected to be completed approximately three months following the opening of the assisted living units. 

The LaSalle Group to Build $11.1 Million Memory Care Community

The LaSalle Group is planning to build a 29,000-square-foot, $11.1 million memory care community in South Barrington, Ill. through its partnership with Silverado Interest. 

Autumn Leaves of South Barrington will be designed specifically with the needs of those with cognitive impairments in mind. The design team uses the most recent Alzheimer’s and dementia research when planning the interior, from the light fixtures to the number of windows to the type of artwork, carpet, paint, and furniture.

The community will include a variety of life enrichment and sensory programming and will also offer free programs to the public including seminars, support groups, memory testing, and free respite care for five hours on Wednesdays to give caregivers a break. 

Autumn Leaves of South Barrington will be managed by Constant Care Family Management, an affiliate of The LaSalle Group, and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014. 

Construction: In the Process

Senior Care Collaboration Breaks Ground on $59 Million Wisc. Development

The Racine Dominican Sisters and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine senior services agency have broken ground today on a $59 million senior housing development located on 47 acres along Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisc., reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

The collaboration between the two groups, Siena on the Lake Inc., will develop land that currently is home to the Dominican Sisters’ Siena Retreat Center, the sisters, and several of their ministries. 

Both organizations’ headquarters will be located in the development along with a range of senior living options from independent living apartments to skilled nursing beds for the Dominican sisters and residents of the Racine community. 

Amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, and dining facilities. 

The first phase of the project, with an expected completion date of Fall 2013, will cost about $17.5 million and will include a 47,000-square-foot residence facility for the sisters along with a 48,000-square-foot retreat center. 

The existing Siena Center, described by the Journal Sentinel as an “aging religious community,” is home to about 60 Dominican sisters. The sisters had been seeking a partner to develop the property, allowing them to remain at the site and continue their religious ministries. The partnership with the Lutheran senior services agency was announced last fall. 

First Phase of Extensive Kenyon Senior Living Renovation Commences

The first phase of a renovation at Kenyon Senior Living’s Kenyon Sunset Home can move forward now that the project has received adequate funding, reports the Kenyon Leader

Donations for an extensive renovation and remodeling project to keep the senior living community up-to-date have reached more than $173,000. There’s also a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

There will be two “threshold projects,” the first of which will take about a year and have nine phases, according to the article, although some phases may be combinable. The first project will renovate the east and west wings of Kenyon Sunset Home and will include installing a new, required sprinkler fire protection and alarm system; asbestos abatement; new paint; and new flooring. Lighting, electrical, and plumbing upgrades are also planned, along with a new nurse call system that’s tied into the home’s portable radio set-up. 

Other phases of the project will include general renovations and updates to common spaces and resident rooms. The exterior of Kenyon Sunset Home will also receive some attention in the form of drainage and damp proofing, brick tuck pointing, stucco repair, painting, and the removal of a chimney. 

Clark Developers Breaks Ground on Affordable Senior Housing Project

Clark Developers recently broke on a $60 million senior housing project in New Jersey, reports the local Patch.

Plans for the 55+ development include four, four-story buildings with 329 units comprised of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Per Coalition on Affordable Housing rules, 20% of the units must be designated as low-income housing. One of the buildings will contain a 4,500-square-foot community space. 

Construction: Completed

Senior Solutions Management Group Opens Tenn. ALF

Senior service and care provider Senior Solutions Management Group recently help a grand opening for Wellspring Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care community in West Knoxville, Tenn.

The new community is run by one of just a few Tennessee assisted living providers offering complete assisted living services without a leveling fee attached, through all-inclusive rates.

Wellspring Senior Living offers studio suites and one and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities that include around-the-clock caregivers, a licensed nursing staff, medication management services, state-of-the-art pharmacy services, home-style cuisine, housekeeping, linen and laundry services, beautician and barber services, and scheduled transportation.

There’s also a partnership between the community and Additions Therapy to provide internal outpatient therapy options to residents. 

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