In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (3/6/14)

Construction: Planned

Plans Move Forward for $30 million Michigan Senior Living Village

Preliminary site plans for a $30 million senior living community in Michigan were approved last week by the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission, bringing the development from Brighton-based Unified Property Group LLC closer to a groundbreaking, reports MLive.

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The project calls for a 175,000-square-foot building that would house 158 units for up to 220 residents. The physical structure will be a two-story building, built with four wings that will provide services for independent, assisted living and memory care.

Four of the five mixed-use development buildings also included in the project plans would have lower retail/office and apartments on the second story, according to a description in the article.

Unified Property Group specializes in assisted living projects. The company runs 22 campuses in Michigan and Ohio.

Developers Plan to Convert Minnesota Hotel into Assisted Living

Members of the Oakdale City Council, a suburb of St. Paul, recently approved a plan that would allow the AmericInn Hotel to be converted into a 55-bed assisted living community, LillieNews.com reports.

“The applicant, St. Paul business owner Bao Vang, had originally requested the property be rezoned as High Density Residential, but council members were hesitant to amend Oakdale’s comprehensive plan for such use in the event that the land purchase agreement fell through,” the article writes.

The project will come before the Oakdale City Council again in April for the approval of a Conditional Use Permit.

Construction: In process

Meta Housing Breaks Ground on $19M Affordable Senior Housing

Meta Housing Corporation broke ground last week on a new, 75-unit affordable housing community for seniors age 55 and older in the City of Compton, Los Angeles.

The $19.5 million Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments will be a “transit-oriented” development located near public transportation in order to provide residents a “better, more walkable lifestyle in this urban neighborhood,” said Tim Soule, senior project manager for Meta Housing. 

In addition to the community’s proximity to public transportation and local businesses, the development will also provide its residents with direct access to Compton’s recently completed Senior Center, where individuals can have access to various classes and opportunities for socializing.

The Metro @ Compton community is planned as a Green Point Rated project and will include a variety of sustainable features, according to a release from Meta Housing.

Sustainable features include solar power usage and a photovoltaic system that captures sunlight to heat water and generate electricity for the building.

Unit sizes include one- and two-bedroom floor plans, with rents ranging from $430 to $900 per month. Each unit is also equipped with a balcony, full air conditioning and new appliances. 

The community will also feature a large community room and an outdoor living room that will house a fountain and a barbecue.

The Congress Companies Breaks Ground on $10M Vermont CCRC Addition

Officials from Peabody, Massachusetts-based The Congress Companies and Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community recently took part in a groundbreaking ceremony on a $10.6 million addition to The Village at Cedar Hill.

The expansion project will more than triple the existing assisted living space at the CCRC, adding two levels and increasing the square footage to 59,720-square-feet.

The addition will also include a 20-patient memory care unit and another 20 independent and assisted living apartments. The lower level will cater to residents living with dementia with 12 private apartments and eight semi-private apartments. 

A large common area with a country kitchen, dining room, living room, multipurpose activity room, salon, greenhouse and art center will also be featured in the expansion. 

Common areas on the second floor will feature a living room, dining room, pub, activity took, fitness center, salon, library and computer center.

Burlington-based Mackenzie Architects also partnered on the project. 

The $10 million addition was funded in part through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mortgage.

The addition is slated to open in January 2015.

Renovations Begin at The Legacy Willow Bend in Texas 

The Legacy Willow Bend retirement community in Plano, Texas, recently announced that it has begun renovations across its campus to enhance the lives of residents in memory support.

Renovations include the redesign of the common areas to create more opportunities for brain stimulation by incorporating designated locations for drawing, places to pot plants indoors, a central cooking island for the chef to be viewed in action, as well as specific settings for interactive games and music. 

To aid and facilitate new musical programs, a jukebox will be added to the community. Additionally, an entire wall will be made into a dry-erase white board for residents to draw and use freely, which the community intends will encourage brain stimulation.

Willow Bend is also color-coordinating the walls for “wayfinding,” in order to allow for easy navigation and simplified routes around the community. 

The Legacy Willow Bend offers resort-style amenities for active, independent seniors as well as various levels of health care services on-site. 

The community features 103 independent living apartment homes, 12 custom independent living villas, 40 assisted living apartment homes, 18 memory support suites and 60 private skilled healthcare suites.

The Legacy Willow Bend is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit community owned by parent company, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. Though it is a Jewish-sponsored retirement community, Willow Bend is open to people of all faiths. 

Work began in late February and will take about a month to complete, The Legacy Willow Bend stated in a release. 

Construction: Completed

Emeritus Community Celebrates Grand Opening In Massachusetts

After months of planning and construction, a new Emeritus community is ready for a grand opening in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

The 103 apartment community caters to assisted living as well as memory care needs. 

Floor plans range from studio apartments to deluxe one-bedroom suites, as well as Friendship Suites that allow two residents to share an apartment and cost savings. 

Emeritus at East Longmeadow will run an Open House from March 15-16 and 19-20. 

Written by Jason Oliva

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