In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (7/31/13)

Construction: Planned

Non-profit Plans Large-Scale Senior Living Community in Dallas

The Legacy Senior Communities is planning a large-scale senior living community in Dallas that will incorporate independent, assisted and memory care living services, reports Dallas Business Journal.


While developers say it is too soon to determine the exact unit breakdown for the planned The Legacy Willow Bend, as well as the project costs, the company is evaluating several sites and hopes to be in escrow on a site in 60 to 90 days and break ground in 18 months.

Senior Living Community Included in Developer’s Construction Plans

Canton, Ohio-based McKinley Development Co. hopes to include a senior living community in its 16.3 acres of development plans that also include a hotel and luxury apartments in Brunswick, OH, The Media-Gazette reports.


While the hotel would come first, then the luxury apartments, the senior living community would be part three of McKinley’s project. 

The company plans to build between 80 and 100 assisted living units for the senior housing segment of the project, the total project costs expected to bring about $40 million in construction to the city of Brunswick.

Planning Commission to Consider Proposed Senior Housing

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The Downers Grove Planning Commission of Illinois will consider zoning changes and a special use permit for a proposed senior living community, reports mysuburbanlife.

Delta Development of Downers Grove hopes to build a 120-unit supportive living facility for seniors on the 4200 block of Lacey Road. 

The proposed community would house up to 180 residents, according to developers cited in mysuburbanlife’s article. 

Construction partner Donegal Excavating, was the source of several Downers Grove residents’ frustration because of the noise from the company’s large diesel trucks and other construction equipment. Community residents also fear that construction will add even more traffic as a result of the new assisted living facility.

Primrose Retirement Communities to Begin Multi-Million Dollar Senior Complex

Aberdeen, South Dakota-based Primrose Retirement Communities is set to embark on a multi-million senior living complex featuring high-end amenities for both independent and assisted living, reports The Journal Times.

The project, which will be located on 12 acres in Mount Pleasant, Wisc., will consist of 36 independent living and 40 assisted living apartment homes. These units will be available in one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

Common areas for residents include a wellness center, pub, billiards room, chapel, movie theater, bistro and walking paths.

The complex, with a minimum age requirement of 55, will be built by Omni Construction Co.  

Primrose did not disclose the project’s construction costs or an opening date for the forthcoming community.

Construction: In Process

three: living architecture Renovates Texas Retirement Community

Dallas-based three: living architecture is working on renovations to areas of EdenHill Communities in New Braunfels, Texas. 

three was engaged by EdenHill Communities to design the renovation of its existing nuts, the additions to commons areas, and the independent living additions that have transformed the campus into a full continuing care retirement community (CCRC).

In renovating the existing units, three had to plan around current residents so their lifestyle would continue as usual. 

three responded with plans to renovate the existing buildings by adding a new dining room, wellness center, hair salon, aerobics studio and physical therapy suite, and by changing the configuration of apartments and bathrooms to a more modern, home-like and private design.

Features of the renovations include increased natural light provided by large windows so that residents can admire the community’s outdoor landscape, as well as large common spaces and multipurpose rooms to encourage resident interaction.

Construction is already well underway, according to three, with the community’s first residents slated to move in around September 1, 2013. 

Nonprofit Begins Construction on Independent Senior Community 

Beverly J. Searles Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit developer, owner and operator of senior living communities announced the July 2013 construction commencement of Myrtle Terraces at New Holland,  in Gainesville, Georgia.

Myrtle Terraces will offer 84 independent living units in one and two bedroom apartments during the first phase of construction. 

The property is located half a mile from the Northeast Georgia Health System, and is adjacent to Guilford Clinics. 

The community has been designed with an extensive wellness area consisting of exam rooms, training classes, therapy rooms and a fitness center to be used by the faculty and graduate students of Brenau University, who will provide wellness services to the residents living onsite.

Project team members include Morton Gruber & Associates AIA as architect; Fairway Construction, Inc. as general contractor; Fairway Management, Inc. as property manager; as well as the Brenau University Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Myrtle Terraces will open early Fall of 2014, according to a release from the Foundation. 

Senior Apartment Community Undergoes $5 Million Renovations

Leisure Acres in Sunnyland, an East Peoria, Illinois apartment community for seniors aged 55 and older, is undergoing $5 million worth of renovations, East Peoria Times Courier reports.

The renovations, paid 100% through a low-income housing tax credit program by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, is set to be completed by December 31, 2013.

Renovations include the addition of a fire sprinkler system, as well as interior design elements such as cabinets, energy efficient appliances, windows and lighting, flooring, bathroom fixtures, drain systems, decking, siding. A new gazebo will also be added in the renovation plans, as well as additional parking an new sidewalks. 

Leisure Acres offers one-bedroom units for seniors aged 55 and older.

Construction: Completed

High-Tech Assisted Living Community Completed in Texas Suburb

Thrive Senior Living and PinPoint Commercial L.P. have completed Legacy at Bear Creek, a 78-unit assisted living and memory care community in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller, reports MultiHousingNews.

The 51,000-square-foot community is located on 6.8 acres within Keller Town Center.

Amenities include technology stations featuring webcam computers and individual wireless care management and telemedicine systems.

Each memory care suite incorporates SimpleC Companion, a non-drug therapy used to promote memory retention. This system uses a touch-screen display that fosters an interactive environment to stimulate recognition and response time for residents living with dementia.

Legacy at Bear Creek was built by Dallas-based Cadence McShane Construction Co. 

Sacramento Redevelopment Project Opens Doors to Seniors

The Arbors at Oak Park, located in Sacramento, will open its doors Wednesday after two years of construction, reports Sacramento Business Journal.

The $15 million community will feature 55 apartments intended as affordable housing for seniors ad about 3,700-square-feet of first floor retail. 

The Arbors at Oak Park was the first Sacramento project by Related California, which specializes in multifamily and mixed-use development.

Mogavero Notestine Associates in Sacramento designed the project.   

Written by Jason Oliva

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