In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (4/2/15)


Construction: Planned

Developers Propose 122-Unit Senior Housing Development in Mass.


A group of housing developers and investors say their proposed 122-unit senior housing project in Wareham, Mass. would be a perfect fit within the the community, reports local

Representatives of real estate asset acquisition company Allied Ventures, housing developer Calamar, and G.A.F Engineering of Wareham recently gave the local Planning Board an informal presentation of the proposed site located at 650 Main Street.

The 6.5 acre development would include one three-story, 44,000-square-foot building with 35 one-bedroom apartments and 87 two-bedroom apartments for residents age 55 and older—each unit adaptable to, and upon request can be converted to accessibility standards in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Additionally, the site would include three small parking garages for single cars, 180 outdoor parking spots. The interior building would include two elevators

As for unit rents, the residences would be designed strictly for rental purposes, with apartments rented anywhere from $1,100 for a one-bedroom to $1,350 for a two-bedroom.

Brookdale to Refocus Fla. Community to Tackle Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) plans to convert its Mandarin Central community in Jacksonville, Fla. from assisted living to one that serves residents with early-onset Alzheimer’s, reports Jacksonville Business Journal.

It is reported that Brookdale will spend $400,000 in renovations to ready the facility for use as an Alzheimer’s-only senior living community by later this spring. Currently, the facility has 42 studio and one-bedroom apartments, a courtyard, enclosed porches among other amenities.

The conversion will also bring forth a new name for the property: Clare Bridge Crossings, as well as personalized touch-screen technology through which residents can connect with family and friends via email and webcams. The tech, though unnamed by JBJ, will also enable residers to engage in brain health programs.

“With three other nearby Brookdale communities offering independent and assisted living as well as later-stage Alzheimer’s care, our transition broadens the spectrum of senior care available within our immediate area,” said Brookdale Mandarin Central Executive Director Chad Anfinson to the JBJ.

Discovery Village’s $35 Million Fla. Independent Living Project Underway

Through the combined efforts of Discovery Senior Living and The Henning Group, All American Windows and Doors has been hired to begin construction on their latest project: the 120-unit, $35 million independent living Discovery Village in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The community will offer individual, all-inclusive care plans and resort-style amenities, with features including three gourmet meals with table-side service daily, complimentary transportation, a team of 24/7 licensed care staff, health and wellness visits, an on-site medical and on-site therapies, on-site Medicare-certified home health care agency, concierge services, housekeeping and a full calendar of social and recessional activities.

“We are incredibly excited to work with both The Henning Group and Discovery Senior Living on this project,” said Josh Pressley, vice president of operations at All American. “This project shows our company diversity as we are able to work in all market segments.”

Discovery Village will open in the first quarter of 2016 on 10 acres at 100 Discovery Way—between Northlake Blvd. and Beeline Highway.

Dominion Senior Living Plans $8 Million Community for Tenn.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Dominion Senior Living will soon begin construction on an $8 million assisted living and memory care community in Hixson, Tenn.

At 47,000-square-feet, Dominion Senior Living of Hixson is a faith-based community offering 32 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments. In addition, the community also offers a continuum of care utilizing professionally trained LPNs and caregivers 24/7.

The community, which will be located at 2143 Northpoint Boulevard in Hixson, will sit minutes from Memorial North Park Hospital as well as nearby shopping options.

Striving to meet seniors’ spiritual, mental and physical needs, the one-story community will feature therapy and wellness programs, transportation services, three home-style meals a day, Wi-Fi, 24/7 surveillance monitoring, personalized care services, life enrichment programs and on-site medical assistance.

“Our collaborative approach to senior living is what sets us apart from other communities in the area,” said Mark Taylor, president of Dominion Senior Living. “Every detail of the community is carefully considered and designed with the help of experts to offer a safe, secure and peaceful environment.”

Good Neighbor Care Plans New Senior Living Community for Illinois

Good Neighbor Care, a national operator of senior living communities, announced this week plans to develop a new community in North Peoria, Ill. with Yakima, Wash.-based Wilkinson Development.

The planned community will offer independent, assisted living and memory care apartments, with access to OSF Saint Francis Healthcare and to a variety of medical practitioners in the area. The development will also be in close proximity to shopping, dining, entertainment and hotels near The Shoppes at Grand Prairie Mall.

Construction: In process

The LaSalle Group Breaks Ground on Chicago-Area Community

Irving, Texas-based developer and manager The LaSalle group broke ground this week on The Whitley of Wheeling, its first community designed for both assisted living and memory care residents.

Located in Wheeling, Ill., the community is the result of a partnership between The LaSalle Group, Texas Capital Bank and Silverado Interests.

At 90,000-square-feet, The Whitley of Wheeling will provide specialized care for 34 memory care residents and 68 assisted living residents.

Situated on nearly five acres, the community’s interior will feature an innovative building design and cutting-edge technology with the aim of creating a calm and safe environment with personalized focus on residents and their well-being.

“The LaSalle Group is known for offering the best quality of care available for residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss at our Autumn Leaves communities,” said The LaSalle Group’s Chief Operating Officer Joe Jasmon. “At The Whitley, we combine that expertise with specialized assisted living options to offer Wheeling-area seniors a range of residential choices that meet their needs.”

Construction of The Whitley kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the development site at 156 W. Dundee Road.

The LaSalle Group develops, manages and owns more than 40 Autumn Leaves memory care assisted living communities across six states, with plans to open an additional 11 by the end of 2015. The company is also currently looking at additional potential locations in Illinois.

Sun Health Senior Living Converting Skilled Space at Arizona CCRC

Sun Health Senior Living, a non-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), is transforming the skilled nursing space at its Grandview Terrace CCRC in Sun City West, Ariz. into an upscale 20-suite assisted living residence.

The second floor of the two-story residence will contain one two-bedroom, 13 one-bedroom and six studio suites, each having a kitchenette, full bath and walk-in closet. The one- and two-bedroom suites also feature a living room. All accommodations are private. Upstairs, the residents will also have use of a lounge with fireplace, a business center, a community laundry room and a fitness area.

Meanwhile, the ground floor will feature an internet cafe, a gift shop, movie theater, chapel/library, spa and salon area, a conference room as well as a restaurant-style dining room and large multipurpose room. Additional plans also include a health clinic for residents staffed by a physician and nurse practitioner.

The project is the last phase of a multimillion dollar top-to-bottom renovation of Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation campus, previously known as the Grandview Care Center. Renovations include remodeling a skilled nursing unit, a sub-acute rehab unit and an indoor therapy pool in the rehabilitation department.

A new 16-suite memory support residence, designed and specifically built for residents living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, opened in December. The new “living-with-assistance” residence at the community will incorporate the same home-like, non-institutional qualities employed across the Grandview Campus.

The design-build team for the project consists of The Weitz Company as contractor; Orcutt-Winslow Partnership as architect; HilgartWilson undertaking civil engineering; and Thoma-Holec Design for interior design.

Kansas CCRC Launches $11 Million Expansion

The Plaza at Santa Marta, a CCRC in Olathe, Kan., is embarking on an $11 million expansion of its health care facilities in response to a growing demand for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing units in the area, reports The Kansas City Star.

The expansions include the addition of 16 skilled nursing private rooms, 12 memory support suites, seven assisted living suites and an expanded physical therapy gym. Timetable for the construction is expected to take 16 months to be completed.

Opened in 2007, The Plaza at Santa Marta sits on a 45-acre campus. In addition to independent living, the community also provides 32 assisted living apartments, 16 memory care suites and 34 skilled nursing suites.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City sponsors The Plaza at Santa Marta.

Master-Planned Community Breaking Ground in Georgia

Celebration Village Acworth is breaking ground Friday, April 3, on a 16.5-acre master-planned senior living community in Acworth, Ga., the community announced in a release this week.

The state-of-the-art, next generation community will include 114 independent, 44 concierge, 55 assisted living and 31 memory care apartments. The Celebration concept has been developed by Johns Creek, Ga.-based Active Senior Concepts (ASC) and AgeWell Living of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

AgeWell Living specializes in operating senior living communities and will manage Celebration. The company works in special alliance with Colorado-based Masterpiece Living.

“AgeWell’s core philosophy is in direct alignment with Celebration’s concept,” AgeWell President Mark Lichtenwalner said in a written statement. “We believe in empowering residents with the necessary resources to remain independent, active and engaged with life by utilizing resources that research has demonstrated result in a better aging experience.”

Construction: Completed

Presbyterian Senior Living Completes Third Phase of $10 Million CCRC Renovation

Dillsburg, Pa.-based Presbyterian Senior Living today announced it has completed the third phase of a $10 million, 66,000-square-foot renovation at its St. Andrew’s Village CCRC in Indiana, Pa.

The project is part of the reconfiguration of the 31-year old, 131-bed health care center that will provide a physically and culturally supported person-centered care model. The most recent update at the community includes the creation of Woodlands, a 37-bed long-term residential neighborhood—one of four distinct areas within the CCRC, each offering specialized care and services.

The new Woodlands neighborhood features open concept, home-like spaces designed around a spacious living room, elegant dining area and outdoor patio. Each neighborhood boasts new bathing suites with jetted, spa tubs meant to be easier and more relaxing for residents.

Beyond physical renovations happening at St. Andrew’s, the community has already begun to experience success in its person-centered care model with the opening of the 22-bed Hearthlands memory support neighborhood in December 2014.

These smaller, distinct neighborhoods support decentralized community life such as resident-driven activities, flexible dining and events that are integrated and purposeful, PSL said in a release. The redesigned neighborhoods also allow staff to provide more focused, specialized care for the diverse needs of the residents living at St. Andrew’s.

“With more decentralized activities, staff and residents are empowered to work together in planning activities that focus on social, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth,” said PSL.

This cultural shift supports a more home-like environment, incorporating features like locked medicine cabinets—like those found in traditional homes—decreased dependence on hospital-like medicine carts and more flexibility in medication distribution schedules.

Currently, the campus is also constructing a new Community Living and Learning Center that will host groups for resident-engaged activities and cultural events. The new Center is scheduled to open April 15.

Additionally, the final phases of this project will include a modernized, 30-bed Crosslands rehabilitation unit, a 42-bed long-term care neighborhood, and two spacious courtyards with gardens, outdoor dining and physical therapy features.

Final completion is currently slated for fall 2015.

Direct Supply Aptura-Designed Senior Living Community Opens in Nebraska

The Heritage at Sterling Ridge recently opened its doors in Omaha, Neb.

Designed by Milwaukee, Wisc.-based Direct Supply Aptura, the independent, assisted living and memory care community is operated by Heritage Management.

The interiors of The Heritage embrace a hospitality design through the use of a sophisticated color palette and a blend of modern and classic elements. The community features an array of amenities including a cafe, pub, theater, wellness center and common areas.

“I’m proud of how our team applied in-demand hospitality style in a welcoming and consistent way across all levels of care,” said Jeanna Korbas, Aptura’s senior director of design. “Through strategic design, residents can seamlessly age in place—something that will allow this community to thrive for many years to come.”

Dedicated exclusively to senior living, Aptura is a development services firm that offers a full range of services to support projects from start to finish. The company is part of Direct Supply, a national provider of equipment, eCommerce and service solutions to the senior living sector.

Design was led by Aptura Interior Designer Amy Warden.

Written by Jason Oliva

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