In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (10/2/14)

Construction: Planned

Development Group Plans Construction of Henderson, Nevada Project to Include Senior Housing

Developers of a massive, $1.2 billion multi-use development including a senior housing component are readying to break ground in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas. 

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The long-planned project has been met with its share of hurdles, but local reports indicate the project is preparing to break ground in October on the development, which plans to include a hospital, 120-bed skilled nursing facility and 300 senior housing units in its first phase of construction. The first phase also plans to include a 65,000-square-foot fitness center, 150,000 square feet of medical office space and 125,000 square feet of retail, according to a local report by Vegas Inc. 

Also according to the reports, invitations have been sent to local businesspeople and politicians for the groundbreaking of the project, dubbed Union Village. The project is being funded through private investment with plans to develop over the next 10 years. 

Partners Craig Johnson and Gary Holland told Vegas Inc. the initial phase will be completed by the end of 2016.  

Construction: In process

Perkins Eastman Selected to Design N.Y. Luxury Community 

Perkins Eastman architecture firm has been selected as the architect for The Ambassador of Scarsdale, a resort-style assisted living and memory care community in  Scarsdale, N.Y.

The architectural plan for the community, which is currently under construction, includes a three-story residential building that provides a variety of floor plans from studio to two-bedroom apartments totaling 95 residences for assisted living and 20 for memory care.

The Ambassador is scheduled to open in February 2015. 

Christian Care Centers Breaks Ground on New Assisted Living Project in Texas

Mesquite, Texas-based Christian Care Centers celebrated the groundbreaking late last month on a new senior living community in Allen, TX. 

Designed by REES Architects, the new 72,000-square-foot, two-story community will offer 32 assisted living units and 36 memory care units, as well as 22 independent living cottages to be competed under separate contract, the company stated in a release.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction has been working in a pre-construction capacity with Christian Care Centers and REES since November 2013. 

Completion is scheduled for August 2015, upon which Christian Care Centers will operate the facility.

C.W. Driver Begins Construction on Los Angeles CCRC

C.W. Driver, a California-based builder, has begun construction on Fountainview at Gonda West Los Angeles Westside Campus, a 460,000-square-foot CCRC located on 2.5 acres in L.A.’s Playa Vista neighborhood.

When complete, the community will provide housing for more than 500 Westside seniors with a full range of active living, healthcare and in-home services. 

The $100 million project, designed by international architecture firm Gensler, will feature 175 “luxurious” apartment units for independent living as well as 24 assisted living and memory care. 

Floor plans range from one- and two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 840- to 2,380-square-feet. Units will include full kitchens, a washer and dryers, and terraces, with some of the larger units also including dens and media rooms.

Construction is scheduled for completion in 2016.  

Developers Top-Off Vermont CCRC Expansion Project

Peabody, Mass.-based builder Congress Building Corporation and Burlington, Vermont-based Mackenzie Architects reached a milestone last month when the newest addition to The Village at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community expansion project topped-off. 

Builders hoisted the final roof truss to complete the structural frame of the 41,866-square-foot addition—a $10.6 million project that will more than triple the existing assisted living space at the community located in Windsor, Vermont. 

Cedar Hill offers a continuum of care ranging from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing, rehabilitative and Alzheimer’s care all on one campus. The community is owned by Mary Louise Sayles, a registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator, and her daughter, Patricia Horn, also a licensed nursing home administrator.

The existing Village at Cedar Hill houses 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments and common areas in 17,854-square-feet. The expansion will add two levels and increase the square footage to 59,720.

Included in the addition are a 20-patient memory care unity and another 20 independent and assisted living apartments. The lower level will be dedicated to cognitive care for residents living with dementia via 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, art center and a secure outdoor garden area are also included in the project. Meanwhile, common living areas on the second floor will feature a living room, dining room, pub, activity room, fitness center, salon, library and computer center.

The Cedar Hill expansion is scheduled for completion by late January 2015. 

Construction: Completed

Mainstreet and Heritage Enterprises Open Next Generation Project

Mainstreet and Bloomington, Ill.-based Heritage Enterprises opened their first project together, Indiana’s newest Next Generation property in Indianapolis. 

Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts provides short-term rehabilitation and therapy, as well as assisted living, in its 100-bed setting. The 65,605-square-foot development features a movie theater, game room, walking trails, restaurants, an on-site chef, among other amenities. 

The project, which represents a total investment of $13.2 million, opened October 1, following construction that began in September 2013. 

Mainstreet owns the property comprising Evergreen Crossing & The Lofts and Heritage Enterprises operates the facility.

Kisco Senior Living Celebrates 25th Anniversary with New Memory Care Opening

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Kisco Senior Living recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in San Rafael, Calif. with the launch of Connections, a memory care center for its Drake Terrace community.

Connections includes 13 homes sized to accommodate residents’ preferences for cozy spaces, the company said in a release. Within the self-contained area of homes, residents have the freedom to entertain family and friends or connect with each other in a dining room and activity center, or enjoy time in an additional common area and secure, outdoor patio. 

Since the center’s opening in late August, it has welcomed 12 existing community residents from Drake Terrace and one new member. Connections currently maintains a waiting list for future residents.

Written by Jason Oliva

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