In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (2/13/13)

Construction: Planned

Hiram College Trying to Build University-Based Retirement Community

Hiram College, a private academic institution in Northeast Ohio, is trying to build a retirement community on 90 acres just north of campus but is facing some opposition, reports


Plans would include 200 to 225 rental units for those aged 55 and older. Residents would be able to attend classes and sporting events at the liberal arts college, among other amenities including use of the campus recreation center.

Fairmount Properties of Cleveland would build and manage the retirement community, if plans move forward, according to the article, while Hiram College would get a cut of the rent.

Hiram College doesn’t need the 140 acres north of campus it purchased about 25 years ago, reports While 50 of those acres have deed restrictions prohibiting development, the remaining land may eventually become home to independent living units and perhaps assisted living down the road.


So far, the college has annexed land from Hiram Township to get water and sewer, but it still needs to obtain permission for a zoning change for the property, and may face a battle to do so.

Groundbreaking may happen in late summer or early fall.  

Leewood-Seaview to Build Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility on Staten Island

The New York City Economic Development Corporation announced Friday the beginning of construction on the Seaview Senior Living Center.

After nearly two decades, the long-anticipated project looks to finally materialize into a modern, state-of-the-art private-pay senior residential facility, writes Staten Island’s silive.

Seaview, a 103,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility, will house 188-beds along with an 11,500-square-foot building for social and recreational use. 

The building, located on Brielle Avenue, will feature a commons building suited for dining, social, recreational and administrative facilities, as well as a director’s residence equipped with hospitality quarters. 

The Seaview project was made possible by $36 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by Build NYC Resource Corporation, as well a $45.2 million capital grant from the city.

Peconic Landing Plans $45 Million Expansion Project

Peconic Landing, a not-for-profit CCRC in Greenport, N.Y., plans to start construction on a $45 million expansion of its facilities, amenities, and therapies in December 2013.

The expansion will feature 16 new private skilled nursing accommodations in a “neighborhood model,” featuring a common area with a country kitchen, dining area, great room, and activity area. A 16-suite memory support assisted living wing for those with cognitive impairments will be designed with a similar neighborhood style.

Also planned are 46 residential apartments ranging in size from 750 to 1,100 square feet. The project will expand the community’s fitness facilities and add new administrative support spaces along with enhancements to the community’s educational amenities, including a technologically enhanced “smart” classroom.

The independent living addition will be attached to the existing community center. The pool area will be renovated to provide greater access, and exercise facilities will be significantly increased, with a separate fitness room created for group exercise. 

The community’s healthcare center will get a new front entrance, lobby/reception area, training room, and administrative space. Post-acute rehabilitation services will include upgraded physical and occupational therapies. 

All phases of the expansion are expected to start simultaneously, with construction of the memory care and skilled nursing additions anticipated to take a year, and the residential living addition, which includes underground parking of residents, will take about 14-16 months. 

Emerald Communities Developing $180 Million Retirement Campus

Emerald Communities, a not-for-profit senior living organization based in Redmond, Wash., is developing a $180 million continuing care retirement community in Gig Harbor after agreeing to purchase a 17 acre site from Olympic Property Group.

Life Care Services has been hired to provide development consulting services for the project, which will be built in two phases. The CCRC will have 170 independent living units, 10 duplex-style cottages, 12 assisted living suites, and 45 skilled nursing private rooms, all managed by Emerald Communities. Additional units may be added in the future, depending on demand. 

Rice Fergus Miller, based in Bremerton, Wash., is working on the community’s master plan. The project is currently going through the City of Gig Harbor’s design review process. 

The new community will feature walkable green space and amenities including restaurant-style dining, a fitness center, wellness programs, and social, cultural, and educational opportunities. 

Presbyterian Homes, Allina Developing $17 Million Transitional Care Facility

Allina Health will begin construction on a $17 million transitional care facility at its WestHealth campus in Plymouth this summer, reports the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

The Minneapolis-based Allina will partner with Presbyterian Homes & Services to develop the 56,636-square-foot facility. 

The project will offer 56 private suites and a “clinically advanced, yet soothing environment” to its patients ready to leave the hospital, but not well enough to return home. 

Glenwyck Development LLC Plans Senior Apartment Complex

Glenwyck Development LLC is currently seeking approval for a 110-unit independent living senior apartment complex, as well as a 92-unit assisted living facility, reports the Daily Gazette. 

The project is planned for a vacant 10.5 acre site that is just west of a Walmart, and is anticipated to begin construction in late spring or early summer, says project attorney Mary Beth Slevin.

Estimated to cost between $4-$5 million, phase one will entail building senior apartments first, before the community pool, fitness center, small cafeteria and activity rooms. 

Construction: In the Process

Dove Estates Breaks Ground on $15 Million Senior Housing Project in Kansas

Developer John Dugan recently held a groundbreaking on a $15 million senior living project in Goddard, Kans., reports the Wichita Business Journal

Dove Estates will have 85 units on about 9 acres and may open as soon as this Fall. 

5G LLC will own and operate the community. Coonrod & Associates Construction Co. Inc. is the project’s general contractor, with Studium Architecture providing design services. Emprise Bank is providing construction financing. 

Savannah Senior Care Center Undergoing Major Renovation, Expansion

UniHealth Post-Acute Care in Savannah, Georgia has begun construction of a 20,000-square-foot addition to its 120-bed skilled nursing facility, which specializes in post-acute rehabilitation care for those recently discharged from the hospital, along with long-term care. 

Features of the building include an advanced therapy suit equipped with an indoor pool, the addition of 19 private rooms, a coffee shop, internet cafe, library and movie theatre. 

The center will also provide new art therapy equipment and electronic medical documentation.  

Senior Solutions Management Group Converting School into Senior Housing

Senior Solutions Management Group (SSMG) announced a project to convert the old Oakwood Elementary School in North Knoxville, Tennessee into an assisted living and memory care community. 

SSMG has already begun construction and plans to complete renovations to the 50,000-square-foot building by Fall 2013. 

The community will consist of 62 units with one- to two-bedroom apartments available for its residents. It will also include a special wing dedicated to seniors suffering from memory loss issues, and will also include an on-site physical therapy wellness center.

SSMG will serve as the property manager for The Oakwood, which is owned and operated by Family Pride Corporation, a large provider for senior living solutions in the Knoxville area. 

Baptist Health System Ready for Phase 2 of Nursing Home Development

Baptist Health System is ready to move to phase two of its development project at its Swagertown Road site, reports the Daily Gazette. 

Phase two of the project involves an 18,400-square-foot complex containing offices, common area and a maintenance building. 

Workers broke ground last September on phase one of the project, which included a 72-bed assisted living facility.

Phase two will cost $36 million and will require Baptists to move the rest of its operations out of the current 262-bed facility in Scotia, 

Consultant Liz Kormos of Baptist said there would be eight houses, each equipped with 24 cottage style units, at least one of which devoted to Alzheimer’s patients.

Construction is expected to take about 16 months to complete, but a possible $8.7 million Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law could put the project on the fast track. 

Car Dealership Site Getting $16 Million Overhaul into Senior Living

A $16 million, 143-unit senior housing complex is currently in the works in North Haven, Connecticut, reports the New Haven Register. 

Developer John Orsini expects to transform what was originally a car dealership into the housing complex, a project he says can be built in two years. 

Available only to renters age 55 or older, the complex will contain 750-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, as well as 1,150-square-foot two-bedroom apartments. Units will feature balconies, and the complex will have a recreation center, courtyard and bocce court, says Orsini.

The community hopes to make Yale-New Haven Hospital the epicenter, along with Quinnipiac University’s physical therapy center and three other buildings. 

The units will be priced competitively with no assisted living arrangements, according to Orsini.

Construction: Completed

Las Vegas Affordable Senior Apartment Complex Completed

Community Development Programs Center of Nevada (CDPCN) has completed construction on a senior apartment complex in Las Vegas, Nev., reports ReatEstateRama.

The three-story Aldene Kline Barlow Senior Apartments building got about $6,175,000 in construction funding from the city of Las Vegas, provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Redevelopment Affordable Housing Set Aside funds. The development is age-restricted and rented to seniors with households incomes less than 80% of the area median income. 

The community has 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments  apartments along with a community room for social activities, a theater room, computer room, exercise room, and a laundry facility on each floor. 

“Our company, Community Development Programs Center of Nevada, our investors and development partners, the State of Nevada Housing Division, Stearns Bank, H&M Lending Group, U.S. Housing & Urban Development, American International Group, Royal Bank of Canada, and the city of Las Vegas, have spent more than $22 million to purchase the Madison Terrace public housing development, demolish it and build a total of 159 mixed-income, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes for seniors and families,” said Frank Hawkins, executive director of CPDCN. 

The new building is the final phase of a three-phase development at this location. 

Written by Jason Oliva

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