In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (2/26/15)


Construction: Planned

California CCRC to Spend Upwards of $30 Million on Expansion

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To accommodate an expected increase in the demand for senior living, Casa Dorinda, a California continuing care retirement community (CCRC) plans to add roughly 103,000 sq. ft. and build 20 independent living units at its campus in Santa Barbara, Calif., reports Pacific Coast Business Times.

The estimated $30 million, at least, project will also include the renovation of many of the buildings at Casa Dorinda, including adding six memory care units, six personal care units and two dining facilities.

Casa Dorinda’s existing medical clinic would be converted to administrative offices and existing memory care units would be converted to serve as the new clinical space. An auditorium would also be remodeled to provide theater-style seating.

With the expansion, Casa Dorinda expects to hire about 17 additional full-time staff, bringing its total to 234 personnel. The community’s existing conditional-use permit limits the total number of residents to 360 and the total number of dwelling units to 286.

Cearnal Andrulaitis Architects of Santa Barbara is working on the project alongside Casa Dorinda owner, the non-profit Montecito Retirement Association.

United Properties Plans 129-Unit Assisted Living Facility in Minn.

United Properties, a real estate developer with offices in Minnesota and Colorado, plans to build a new 129-unit assisted living facility near Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, Minn., reports Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.

The project, dubbed Cherrywood Pointe of Minnetonka, will feature 90 assisted living and 39 memory care units, according to the design plans of Tushie Montgomery Architects based in Richfield, Minn.

While there are no renderings yet, the design’s exterior will likely include a mix of brick or stone, different sidings and decks, and the use of earth tone colors.

United Properties opened its first Cherrywood Pointe assisted living community in Roseville, Minn., in 2012 and has plans to open two more Cherrywood projects in the Twin Cities this year, and begin construction of two others.

LCS-Managed Community in Ala. Earns CON to Add Memory Care Beds

Danberry at Inverness, a community managed by Life Care Services, has been issued a Certificate of Need by the Alabama State Health Planning & Development Agency to convert 24 assisted living beds to Specialty Care Assisted Living beds at the facility (SCALF).

The CON was received on December 31, 2014 — though announced by the community late last month — and marks the first step in the community’s licensing process, which, if successful, will allow Danberry to serve the needs of residents whose memory faculties require extra attention and supervision in a safe and secure environment.

Located in Inverness near Lake Heather, Danberry at Inverness serves adults age 55 and older with a full complement of health and wellness services for both independent and assisted living.

O’Reilly Development Co. Pitches $25 Million Project for Missouri

Springfield, Missouri-based O’Reilly Development Company is proposing plans for a $25 million senior living facility in St. Charles, Mo., reports St. Louis Business Journal.

Plans call for a 128-bed assisted living facility and 90 independent living beds at the northeast corner of Ehlmann Road and Harry S. Truman Boulevard in St. Charles.

O’Reilly has already filed a Certificate of Need with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee for the assisted living portion of what will be called St. Charles Senior Community. This phase is expected to cost approximately $16 million and will include 48 memory care beds.

Arrow Senior Living St. Charles LLC is listed as the operator of the planned community. BUILD LLC, also based in Springfield, Mo., is the contractor for the assisted living facility and Kansas City, Mo.-based Stark Wilson Duncan Architects, Inc. is designing the entire project.

A vote on the proposed project is scheduled for May 4. Pending approval, developers expect the community should be fully operational and licensed by June 2017.

Chamberlain Senior Care Expects August Groundbreaking in Louisville Area

Chamberlain Senior Care LLC, a new venture by Cincinnati-based developer Hills Properties, anticipates an August groundbreaking for a new 168-unit senior living facility it proposed in Kentucky’s Eastern Jefferson County, reports Louisville Business First.

The groundbreaking could happen as early as this August, only if the facility receives all state and local regulatory approval and the project is not challenged, according to an attorney representing the project.

Chamberlain’s proposal details a three-building complex to be built on about 14.8 acres near the Norton Commons development in Prospect, Ky. The 70,000 sq. ft. structure would house a three-story, 80-unit wing and a one-story, 24-unit wing focused on assisted living and memory care.

Independent living services would be offered in two, two-story structures totaling more than 36,000 sq. ft., with 32 units in each.

Hills Properties, which specializes in single-family residential housing and apartment complexes, believes the transition to senior living should not be difficult for the company, given its experience with multifamily housing and the assistance of Oscar Jarnicki, co-owner of Cincinnati assisted living facility Eastgate Village, which will manage the facility.

The architectural firm for the project is pH7 Architects of Columbus, Ohio, and the engineering firm is Mindel, Scott & Associates Inc. of Louisville.

The LaSalle Group Buys Land in Illinois for New Autumn Leaves Facility

Schaumberg, Ill.-based Entre Commercial Realty LLC recently announced the sale of a 4.7 acre land assemblage in Wheeling, Ill. to The LaSalle Group, an Irving, Texas-based developer of senior housing properties.

The sale was valued at $2.3 million, reports RE, and represents the second acquisition Entre’s Michael Gazzola and the company have completed on behalf of The LaSalle Group in the Chicagoland area as part of their multi-facility expansion into the market.

Gazzola represented The LaSalle Group in the sale of two separate land parcels, with Shir Hadash Synagogue representing themselves and Horizon Realty representing the second seller, Olshansky Properties.

The LaSalle Group plans to use the property to develop its newest Autumn Oaks Memory Care Assisted Living community, formerly named The Whitley of Wheeling.

The project is slated to begin construction this spring and completed by spring 2016.

Construction: In process

Sagora Senior Living Underway on Three New Communities for 2016

Fort Worth, Texas-based Sagora Senior Living announced this week that it has three communities underway that will open in 2016 in the markets of Carrollton, Texas, as well as Tulsa and Edmond, Oklahoma.

The communities in Tulsa and Edmond will have 143 apartments and 142 apartments, respectively, both being designated for independent, assisted living and memory care.

In Carrollton, Sagora will have 84 assisted living apartments located in close proximity to the existing Lakeview at Josey Ranch independent living community currently, which is currently operated by Sagora.

All three of the new communities will feature the signature Sagora Pathways memory care program, which is designed around each resident and includes an individualized culinary program called GRACE Dining, as well as participation in their Cherished Connections program that focuses on recognition, negotiation, collaboration, stimulation, celebration and relaxation.

Construction: Completed

Oxton Senior Living Completes Full-Facility Upgrade at Georgia Community

Madison, Ga.-based Oxton Senior Living on Thursday announced the completion of renovations and an entire rebranding of a community it operates in Social Circle, Ga.

Formerly known as The Mews, the community has been rebranded as Oxton Village of Social Circle, a nine acre senior living facility in Walton County.

The renovations signaled a complete change in ownership and management, along with expansive updates to the existing community to offer a new choice in senior living in the area.

Some amenities include on-site medical services, including physicians, therapy and hospice services; various levels of service and resident care; an award-winning culinary staff; electronic medication management and electronic medical record management.

Oxton Village of Social Circle is one of four communities operated by Oxton in the state of Georgia, joining other properties in Savannah, Rome and Douglas.

ABHOW Completes $12 Million Expansion at South Dakota Community

American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) has completed a $12 million expansion at its owned and operated Trail Ridge Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, S.D., reports Argus Leader.

The independent and assisted living community added 40 assisted living apartments and plans to add 22 memory care units later this year.

As part of the first round of expansion, Trail Ridge added new entrances for the independent and assisted living areas along with a large indoor swimming pool and therapy pool. Other upgrades included new common areas, a bistro space and a “cardio strength room.”

Integrated Builders Completes $3.7 Million Senior Center 

Rockland, Mass.-based general contracting and construction management firm Integrated Builders announced this week the completion of a new senior center in Cohasset, Mass. on behalf of The Social Service League of Cohasset.

The $3.7 million, 11,340 sq. ft. Cohasset Senior Center was funded entirely through a private/public partnership and offers a variety of programs and activities for the local senior community.

Alongside The Social Service League of Cohasset, Integrated Builders also worked with architects Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc.

Built from the ground up, the development includes a two-story, colonial-style building on the west side that leads into a one-story building on the east end.

The Cohasset Senior Center consists of a large, multipurpose function room, billiards room, second floor office space for Elder Affairs and a lounge for programming and social hours. Additionally, the building also includes a kitchen, pantry and dining area designed to host cooking classes.

AV Homes Announces Opening for 55+ Housing in Arizona Master-Planned Community

AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) has announced the opening date for its newest age 55-plus community in the master-planned community of Eastmark in Mesa, Ariz.

The new Encore at Eastmark community, which sits in the master-planned development of DMB, will feature four unique home design series with more than 900 homes.

The community will offer 16 floor plans ranging in size from approximately 1,300 to 3,200 sq. ft. It will also offer a variety of popular design features, including inviting entry courtyards, expansive kitchens and living areas, as well as innovative outdoor spaces.

Community amenities include a 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Village Center featuring a resort caliber pool, fitness center, class facilities and a full calendar of social events.

At five square miles, or 3,200 acres, Eastmark sits at the center of a major transportation hub anchored by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Written by Jason Oliva

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