In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (2/13/14)

Construction: Planned

North Carolina SNF Plans $3 Million Expansion

Liberty Healthcare & Rehabilitation has plans to expand one of its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Advance, North Carolina—a project estimated to cost about $3 million, reports the local Business Journal.

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Though a general contractor has yet to be selected for the project, Liberty says the expansion will include adding onto the existing Bermuda Commons facility to increase the number of private resident rooms as well as expanding the building’s rehabilitation gym.

Total square footage of the project was not disclosed the the Business Journal.

Currently, Bermuda Commons features 127 licensed beds, including 117 skilled nursing and 10 assisted living beds.

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Mass. Nonprofit Closes $11M to Repurpose School into Senior Housing

A Massachusetts-based nonprofit recently closed $11 million in loans to acquire and repurpose a vacant school into 66 affordable apartment units for people age 55 and older in Webster, Mass., reports

MassHousing, along with Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) of East Boston, will be developing the former Sitkowski School Apartments into affordable senior housing. 

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The school, which has been vacant since 2005, has served as both a middle school and a high school during its tenure that dates as far back as the 1900s when it was first built. 

The project is part of the Webster Redevelopment Authority’s plan to revitalize downtown Webster, the article notes. 

Omaha Developer to Break Ground on $30 Million Assisted Living Community

Dial Retirement of Omaha, Nebraska, plans to begin construction this spring on a $30 million assisted living community that will be located near a mixed-use land development, reports

The project, named Aksarben Village Senior Living Community, will include 136 units—60 for assisted living, 49 for independent living and 27 for memory care. 

Room sizes for the assisted living units will range from 750-square-feet for a one-bedroom, to 1,000-square-feet for a two-bedroom.

Independent living apartments will range from 800-square-feet for a one-bedroom, to approximately 1,300-square-feet for a two-bedroom. 

Dial is in the midst of asking the city for $4 million in tax increment financing for the project, which is part of the 11-acre, mixed-use Aksarben Center that will feature retail, office space and a Hampton Inn. 

Amenities will include two dining rooms, a theater, gym, beauty and coffee shops, as well as a chapel and a kitchen to be used for cooking classes and other activities, the article notes.

The project is estimated for completion by summer or early fall 2015. 

Construction: In process

Erickson Living Starts Construction on New Jersey CCRC

Erickson Living announced Tuesday that it has started construction on a new 540,000-square-foot continuing care retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey. 

The planned community, dubbed Lantern Hill, will consist of five inter-connected buildings, including 275 independent living apartment homes and 85 continuing care residences offering assisted living, memory care, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. 

On-campus amenities include a fitness facility equipped with an indoor swimming pool, as well as a range of services, including restaurants, housekeeping and various social/recreation programs.

For Erickson Living’s 18th community, the company selected Wohlsen Construction as the general contractor for the project. The contractor has offices in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. 

Englewood, Colorado-based Lantz-Boggio Architects is the project architect for the Lantern Hill development.

Lantern Hill is the third Erickson LIving community in New Jersey, the others located in Morris and Monmouth counties. 

Current plans anticipate an opening for the Lantern Hill community sometime during the second half of 2015, according to a release from Erickson Living. 

The company did not disclose costs associated with the development of the project.  

Congress Building Corp. and LCB Senior Living Break Ground in Conn.

Massachusetts companies Congress Building Corp. and LCB Senior Living have teamed up to break ground on an assisted living community located in Avon, Connecticut. 

Congress Building Corp., a full service construction firm headquartered in Peabody, MA, will provide construction management services for the project, while Norwood-based LCB Senior Living will own and operate the community upon completion.

The Residence at Brookside, will feature 74 apartments, as well as common spaces that include lounge areas, computer room, exercise room, outdoor courtyard, patio for seasonal dining, among other “signature high standard amenities” to keep residents engaged and active, the companies stated in a release.

Independent living apartments will contain kitchenettes and private baths, and will offer the same amenities as the community’s assisted living apartments. 

The community will also feature the Reflections Memory Care program for residents with early Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.

Reflections offers its own environment with its own common areas, courtyard and other amenities.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2015.

Construction: Completed

$12 Million Affordable Senior Housing Opens in California 

A real estate group based in Southern California recently announced the grand opening of a 120-unit affordable senior housing community in Colton, CA, reports The San Bernardino Sun.

Eagle Real Estate Group of Costa Mesa, CA, along with Miller Architecture Corp. based in Redlands, CA, developed The Villas, an $11.95 million affordable housing community for seniors.

Of the complex’s 120 units, 101 are affordable and 19 are market rate rooms, according to the article. 

The Villas takes its design after a Santa Barbara mission-style complex and is located on three acres within walking distance to the Colton City Hall. 

Avamere Re-Opens Renovated Oregon Senior Living Community

Avamere Living at Berry Park in Oregon City, Oregon, is now ready for its grand re-opening after nearly two years and $2 million of interior renovations.

The campus underwent upgrades to its living spaces, communal areas and added a number of features, including a movie theater and a billiards room.

Having been built in the 1970s, the Avamere Family of Companies community made extensive renovations to its apartment spaces, which had the original trim, wood work and fixtures when the facility was first constructed.

New upgrades include new carpet, paint, cabinetry and vinyl, as well as replacements to doors, molding and trim. 

Written by Jason Oliva

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