In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (5/22/13)

Construction: Planned

Developer Plans to Revamp Former Assisted Living Building 

Cacace Associates has plans to revamp a former assisted living building into an independent living community for seniors in Bristol, Pennsylvania, phillyBurbs reports.

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The former Mill Run building on Wilson Avenue was purchased by the Bristol government for $135,000 from its previous Virginia-based owner in July of last year.

East Ward council members said they were “very pleased” by the current proposal laid out by Cacace, including architectural designs for the building’s exterior.

The 78,000-square-feet building will include an open air terrace, which could be used for dining, casual seating or other activities, according to Steve Leone, principal of Spiezle Architectural Group. 

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The proposal also calls for removing parking areas and replacing them with landscaping to be used for “passive activities.”

While the community will cater to the independent living needs of residents, it should not be confused for a nursing home, says Leone, emphasizing there will be no health care provided. 

Oakmont Senior Living Plans San Antonio Heights Community

Oakmont Senior Living plans to build a new assisted living and memory care community in San Antonio Heights, California, reports Daily Bulletin

Development is expected to occur at Euclid Avenue and 24th Street, replacing the vacant 45,000-square-foot Albertsons building. 

Construction will begin soon on the three-acre property, with an opening anticipated for Spring 2014, according to Bill Mabry, a partner with Santa Rosa-based Oakmont.

Oakmont of San Antonio Heights will have 75 units, indoor and outdoor restaurant-style dining, a fitness center, activity rooms and art studio as well as a private movie theater. 

There will also be studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Brightview Senior Living to Build Mass. Senior Housing Complex

A 200-unit senior housing complex is on its way to Canton, Massachusetts, reports Despite initial confusion and last minute changes to the project’s plan, the proposed housing community will be a combination of independent and assisted living. 

Local board members struck an 11th-hour deal with the developer, only hours before the Town Meeting convened last week. Development for the project will be overseen by Brightview Senior Living.

In lieu of constructing affordable housing, Brightview would be required to pay at least $600,000 to the town, rather than the original offer of $250,000.

The deal also restricts the development to 225 maximum units, and also prevents the development from moving forward unless Canton had at least 11% of its housing stock counted as affordable.

When the project is complete, the new development is expected to bring in about $200,000 of additional tax revenue to Canton each year.

The building, located on Turnpike Street, could be operational as early as February 2015, according to an attorney for the developer. 

Developers Plan Multi-Phase Hattiesburg Retirement Community 

Whispering Pines Retirement Community looks to be the newest senior housing project for Hattiesburg, Mississippi, reports Hattiesburg American, and will include assisted living, independent living and memory care. 

Construction will take place in four phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by April 2014. 

This first phase will feature The Merl at Whispering Pines, which will consist of 44 assisted living and 24 memory care units. Also included will be 12 independent living cottages, as well as amenities such as a hair salon, coffee shop, physical therapy and exercise room. 

Phase 2 is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015 and is directed at residents over 62 years of age. This phase will consist of 132 independent living units, as well as a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Phase 3 is expected to open around the same time as Phase 2, and will feature a 120-bed nursing home.

Phase 4 will include 280,000-square-feet of mixed use development, including a grocery store, restaurants, banks and a hotel. An opening date for this phase has not been set. 

Vesta Corp. Considers High School-to-Senior Housing Renovation

The city of New London, Connecticut, is talking about converting a former high school into affordable senior housing, according to a report from The Day.

Lewis Brown, vice president of Vesta Corp., expressed interest in the senior housing conversion and was contacted on Monday by city officials to meet and brainstorm ideas for the site.

The Richard R. Martin Neighborhood Center is located on 2.4 acres of land on Broad Street, next to the lower level Superior Court building. The city has assessed its value at $2.8 million.

Multiple financing sources would be required for the project to be possible, according to Brown, with Vesta and the city needing to identify a funding source to cover the costs to support the center.  

The city of New London cannot afford to fix up the building and has no plan or funding to maintain it, according to they city’s Director of Economic Development Tammy Daugherty. 

Moving forward, city council members said they will see if the community has any interest in selling the building, as all programs operated out of the center could be moved to another location.

Construction: In the Process

Three:Living Architecture Almost Done Two Senior Projects

Architectural design firm three:living Architecture announced two of its new senior living projects in Texas and Tennessee are set to open this year. 

The Solana at Cinco Ranch—located in Katy, Texas—is a 20,000-square-foot expansion to the existing community, which already included independent living and assisted living.

The expansion, which will open July 2013, features 20 new memory care units and six additional assisted living units.

The property is owned by Formation Development Group and affiliates and managed by The Arbor Company.

The Solana at Germantown—located in Germantown, Tennessee—is a 210,000-square-foot ground-up development that features independent living, assisted living and memory care units.

The independent living units opened in February 2013, and the assisted living and memory care units will open in June 2013.

It is also owned by Formation Development Group and affiliates, and its its day-to-day operations are managed by Brookdale Senior Living.

The Solana at Germantown derives its design from many of the homes in the surrounding area, lending the community a home-like feel, according to Dan Hammons, registered architect and senior associate with Three.

Because of a height restriction in zoning, the Germantown community appears as two-story houses from the front, while it was built into the ground on the back, allowing for two extra stories and more room for occupancy. 

With this design, the public cannot see that the community is a four-story building until they get to the courtyard. 

The community also features functional spaces throughout, including a main traditional restaurant, a café, a wine bar, a sports bar and outdoor dining.

Belmont Village Begins Assisted Living Project in Houston

Houston-based Belmont Village Senior Living broke ground this week on an assisted living and memory care community, Houston Business Journal reports.

A six-story building at 7667 Woodway Drive will encompass the 158-unit senior community and will span 113,000-square-feet. 

Houston’s Harvey Builders is contracted for the project, which looks to create between 75-100 full-time jobs once it is completed in about 14 months.

The Houston development is taking place alongside other operations in Dallas and Austin, with those expected to open in August and 2014.

Benchmark Senior Living Breaks Ground on $25 Million Project

Benchmark Senior Living broke ground Tuesday on a new senior living community in Shelton, Connecticut, reports local Shelton Herald.

The community will be a three-story LEED-certified building featuring amenities such as a bistro/pub, computer lounge, exercise room, beauty salon with spa and wellness/treatment suite.

Benchmark’s $25 million construction project will feature 92 apartments—72 assisted living and 20 memory care units.

The project will bring 250 jobs to the area and looks to employ 85 people upon completion.

Construction: Completed

Utah Completes Work on Two New Veterans Nursing Homes

Utah is financing the last of four nursing homes catering to aging and disabled Veterans, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

New 108-bed nursing homes are being dedicated this month and June in Ivins and Payson—the last of those planned for the foreseeable future, writes the Tribune.

The Ivins home will serve veterans in nine counties in southern Utha, whereas the Payson home will cater to veterans throughout central Utah. 

Financing for both nursing homes came from a combination of federal and state dollars. Additionally, boosters raised $300,000 in southern Utah, and $150,000 in Utah County to improve amenities for the veterans. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays roughly half the cost for a veteran’s care, leaving monthly expenses in the range of $2,100 to $2,200.

As about 80% of Utah’s veterans live between Ogden and Provo, the two homes in Ivins and Payson are expected to serve large geographic areas of the state.

Because of new VA directives, all the rooms in the Ivins and Payson homes are private. 

Written by Jason Oliva 

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