In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (6/12/14)

Construction: Planned

Jacksonville, FL Senior Living Towers to Undergo $8.5M Makeover

A 12-story affordable senior living apartment complex in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, will soon undergo an $8.5 million renovation, reports Jacksonville Daily Record.

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Previously known as Baptist Towers, The Towers of Jacksonville senior living complex will be remodeled by The FaverGray Co., who the projects general contractor.

Renovations of the 194-apartment building will include revamped common areas, along with updated mechanical, electrical and plumbing improvements.

Renovations will also feature new kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms and more, according to one developer quoted in the article, who says remolding will take place one floor at a time. 

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The Towers of Jacksonville Inc. and Retirement Housing Foundation jointly created the new for-profit Towers of Jacksonville LP to acquire the title to the land and the building.

United Methodist Retirement Communities to Build $13M Assisted Living Expansion

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) recently announced plans to develop a new assisted living center at its main campus in Chelsea, Michigan, reports Chelsea Standard.

The $13 million project, dubbed Glazier Commons, will renovate and replace the campus’ existing assisted living apartments and double the size of its footprint.

Glazier Commons is expected to open in September.

Construction: In process

$21.3M Expansion Underway at Erickson Living Community in Texas

Highland Springs, an Erickson Living community in Dallas, Texas, is underway on a $21.3 million addition that will expand the community’s independent living offerings. 

The expansion will add Willow Ridge, a new independent living building that will feature 99 residences with 14 different floor plans that vary in style from luxury two-bedroom to extra large one-bedroom homes featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and upgraded flooring options.

Willow Ridge will also play home to under building parking and new multi-purpose spaces to be utilized for campus events such as worship services, dances, performances and more. 

Additional amenities include restaurant venues, a medical center, convenience store, salon and bank to be located in a main clubhouse.

Erickson expects Willow Ridge to open in the Spring of 2015. Dallas-based JHP Architecture, along with Brinkman Constructors, have partnered on the development for architecture and general contracting services.

Ryan Companies Breaks Ground on $5M Assisted Living Project in Minn.

Ryan Companies US, Inc., and Spectrum Health Companies teamed to break ground on Aurora Carefree Living, a 46-unit assisted living and memory care facility located in Aurora, Minnesota. 

The $5.1 million, 27,350-square-foot building will accommodate up to 56 residents and is scheduled to be completed by January 2015. 

The new Carefree Living community will offer housekeeping and laundry services, activities, along with medication management and 24-hour staffing. 

The Aurora project will be Spectrum Health’s ninth facility caring the Carefree Living brand. The company, headquartered in Eveleth, MN, owns Carefree Living facilities throughout the state.

Construction: Completed

Indiana CCRC Celebrates Grand Opening of $119 Million Project 

The Barrington of Carmel, a CCRC in Indiana, celebrated its grand opening this month as it looks to serve more than 330 residents on its 19-acre campus, reports CNN iReport.

The $119 million project features 134 independent living apartment homes and provides an array of resort-like amenities, inlacing fine dining venues, a bistro, fitness and wellness centers, a creative arts studio, salon and spa, library, housekeeping, scheduled transportation, among others.

In addition to the independent living housing, the CCRC also features The Plaza at Barrington, which provides housing for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing—the phased opening of which began in February.

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas, sponsors The Barrington of Carmel.

Jewish Home Lifecare Welcomes Residents to New Assisted Living Center

New York-based not-for-profit Jewish Home Lifecare has begun welcoming residents to its newest facility, University Avenue Assisted Living, in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

The new five-story building contains 72 handicap-accessible, furnished studio apartments, each with a kitchenette,  private bathroom with shower and an emergency response system. 

A large dining room, recreation and activity room, as well as a medical suite for nursing services are also featured within the building. 

The facility is the latest addition to Jewish Home Lifecare’s five-acre Bronx campus, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Bronx campus, which includes at its centerpiece a 744-bed long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation facility serving residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 

The campus also features an independent living residence; three HUD 202 residences for low-income seniors; an adult day center; and a hemodialysis center. 

Funding for the University Avenue Assisted LIving development was provided by a New York State Department of Health HEAL (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law) grant. 

KTGY-Designed 48-Unit Affordable Senior Housing Opens in Calif.

A new 48-unit affordable senior housing complex designed by Irvine, California-based architectural firm KTGY Group, opened this week and is now serving residents in Santa Clara.

Developed by ROEM Development Corporation, the Camino del Rey Senior Apartments offer 48 one-bedroom apartments for seniors with annual incomes at or below 60% of the Santa Clara County Area Median Income.

The $15 million development consists of a three-story “C” shaped building wrapped around a landscaped courtyard, which also serves as an outdoor extension of the complex’s community room.

Amenities include a community room equipped with a kitchen, a computer room, fitness center, laundry facility and community gardens with benches.

The community is pursuing a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-H Platinum certification for its architectural features that emphasize sustainable and environmental design elements such as water efficient landscaping, Energy Star appliances, use of recycled materials, along with a number of other eco-friendly initiatives. 

Camino del Rey Senior Apartments was finances is financed with 4% low-income housing tax credits and tax-exempt bond financing via Freddie Mac Credit Enhancement Program. 

The City of Santa Clara invested $7 million in the development. 

Additional partners on the project include Pacific Housing, Inc., Citi Community Capital and AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC.

Written by Jason Oliva

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