In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (11/20/14)

Construction: Planned

Erickson Living Plans Expansion at Mass. CCRC

Erickson Living’s Brooksby Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Peabody, Mass., plans to expand its existing campus by adding a one-story addition to its Extended Care Center, according to plans the company filed with the city, as reported by The Salem News.


The expansion will consist of 28 new assisted care units that will provide housing for up to 32 residents and lead to the creation of 19 jobs, according to the plans. The project will create 124 assisted living units on campus, in addition to the existing 1,352 apartments and 104 skilled nursing beds. Common dining and activity areas will also be included as part of the expansion plans.

Construction is slated to begin in May 2015 and anticipated to be completed the following spring, pending all city approvals and permits.

Currently, Brooksby Village has 10 buildings on campus serving more than 1,700 residents with about 600 employees. The community first opened in 2000.


Construction: In process

National Church Residences Underway on $2 Million Expansion

Construction has begun on a $2 million expansion project at Water’s Edge of Lake Wales, a National Church Residences community in Lake Wales, Florida.

NCR is adding five single-story buildings, each containing two villa homes that feature a two-car garage, a formal entry, living room and dining area, large open kitchen, master suite with a walk-in closet and private bath, guest bedroom and guest bath, as well as a laundry/mud room, a utility closet and screened porch.

The expansion also includes modifying the community’s existing retention pond.

Columbus, Ohio-based Berardi Partners and Ruscilli Construction, also of Columbus, are the architect and general contractor.

Originally developed in 2008, Water’s Edge of Lake Wales currently has 126 units, including 12 existing villas, 68 independent living apartments, 30 assisted living apartments and 16 memory care units.

NCR expects the expansion to be completed in August 2015.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities Breaks Ground in Forks Township, Penn.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities held a groundbreaking ceremony this week on its fourth location in greater Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The new community will be located in Forks Township, and is projected to comprise $15 million in development costs, according to a local report by It will offer independent living, personal care services and  memory care services.

The location could serve as a satellite campus to other Country Meadows locations, company executives told the news outlet.

Amenities planned for the new construction include garden and courtyard areas, community life program activities and floor plans spanning both studio units and one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The construction company, eciService, based in Dillsburg, York County, expects to complete construction in early 2016.

Joseph J. Duffy Co. Nears Completion of Senior Apartments in Chicago

Joseph J. Duffy Company, a Chicago-area general contractor, expects to complete by December one of its latest projects, Porta Coeli, an income- and age-restricted senior housing apartment building in Chicago’s 10th Ward for Catholic Charities.

The four-story facility will contain 86 one-bedroom units, each complete with their own kitchen. Amenities include a beauty salon, wellness center, community room equipped with a kitchen, multipurpose activity room, among other tenant benefits, Duffy Co. stated in a release.

Several green features were added to the building as a result of construction, including a green roof, energy recovery for the HVAC system and solar heated hot water.

Porta Coeli will provide affordable independent housing for the elderly who earn up to 30% of the area’s median income.

HUD’s Section 202 Senior Housing Development Program provided funding for the construction of Porta Coeli, which represents the eighth HUD 202 facility Duffy has built for Catholic Charities.

HUD Secretary Tours Texas Affordable Housing Complex Under Renovation

As the latest stop on HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s Opportunity and Investment Community Tour, HUD Secretary Julian Castro toured the Fair Oaks Apartments Senior Citizen complex Wednesday.

The Fair Oaks Apartments are part of select Fort Worth Housing Authority (FWHA) properties currently undergoing revocations through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

The purpose of Secretary Castro’s visit is part of his travels across the country to gain a better understanding of housing and urban development issues facing communities nationwide.

Construction: Completed

Resort-Inspired 55+ Apartments Now Open in Costa Mesa, Calif.

An award-winning, 215-unit apartment complex for adults age 55 and older is now open in Costa Mesa, California, with nearly 70 apartments already occupied.

The Santa Barbara-style, resort-inspired project, dubbed Azulon at Mesa Verde, was developed by Costa Mesa-based M.V. Partners. The project was recognized as an “On the Boards” Project of the Year winner from the 55+ Housing Council, a special interest council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California.

Situated on 7.5 aces, with 40% of the community open space, Azulon is adjacent to Mesa Verde Center and offers residents direct access to the adjoining neighborhood retail center.

Azulon is a walkable apartment community where residents can enjoy not only neighborhood retail, but also dining and convenience services without the need to drive.

The community’s resort-style amenities arrive in the form of a saltwater pool and spa, poolside cabanas and shade trellises, outdoor fireplaces, gas barbecues and alfresco dining areas. Forty 50-year-old heritage trees, including mature eucalyptus and palm trees preserved from the original site, add to the campus’ lush environment.

Also featured at the community, an 8,300-square-foot, two-story clubhouse that houses a resident lounge and library, demonstration kitchen, billiard/game room and multi-media screening room with 4K ultra-high definition projector.

The central recreation area offers a fitness center and yoga studio, as well as an event lawn with festival lighting and raised-bed organic gardens. Each residential building features its own courtyard with barbecues, outdoor seating and dining, event lawn and gardens.

Apartment homes offer 11 floor plans, where residents may choose from traditional kitchen or island kitchen great room plans. Contemporary finishes include ENERGY STAR stainless steel appliances, in-home washer and dryer, granite countertops, wood plank vinyl flooring and carpeting, along with energy-efficient heating and air conditioning.

Legacy at Falcon Point Construction Completed in Katy, Texas

Legacy at Falcon Point, an 82-unit assisted living and memory care facility was recently completed by Cadence McShane Construction Company. The community is located on a seven-acre site in Katy ,Texas, within a mile of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The luxury development is two stories and more than 64,000 square feet with 60 assisted living residences and 22 memory care units. The design utilizes a main street and neighborhood concept with each wing serving as as separate “neighborhood” within the community.

Amenities include movie theater, spa, restaurant, fitness center and sports bar as well as technology features such as RFID door entry, identity lighting and camera systems for monitoring the community.

Written by Jason Oliva

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