In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (4/23/15)


Construction: Planned

Legend Senior Living Proposes $80 Million Project for Golf Club Redevelopment

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Wichita, Kan.-based Legend Senior Living recently submitted a proposal to build an $80 million community as part of a 136-acre redevelopment of the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club in Prairie Village, Kan., reports Kansas City Business Journal.

Legend, which owns and operates 30 senior living communities in five states, presented its plans to the Prairie Village Council Committee on Monday—plans that call for Legend to acquire about eight acres for the development of 120 independent living units, 120 assisted living and memory care units and 90 rehabilitation units.

The company’s goal is to break ground on the project next spring, however, Council members raised concerns of “over-bedding” in the area, especially as the project would increase Prairie Village’s senior living bed count from 457 to 987.

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Elder Care Development Receives Letter of Need for Oregon Project

Ore.-based Elder Care Development LLC secured the State of Oregon Letter of Need to build a new senior living community in Central Point, Ore., the company announced this week.

Elder Care Development is currently seeking a qualified operator for this forthcoming property that will sit on 2.64 acres, encompassing approximately 65,000 sq. ft.

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The development will house 50 assisted living suites and 25 memory care suites at a location that boasts beautiful vistas of Mount McLoughlin and the Table Rocks.

Oregon’s state guidelines do not allow senior living development until existing Letter of Need bed occupancies remain at maximum capacity for some time. Even then, developers must navigate quite a gauntlet to apply, said Elder Care Development in a statement.

Construction: In process

Alston Construction Breaks Ground on Ill. Supportive Living Community

Alston Construction Company announce this week that it has broken ground on a 108,000 sq. ft. supportive living facility in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago.

Lacey Creek Supportive Living Facility is a three-story development that will include 120 residential units, comprised of 60 studios and 60 one-bedroom suites.

Lacey Creek is being development by Ridge Development Company, a Transwestern Company, on behalf of the ownership entity Downers Grove Supportive Living Facility LLC.

The facility will be managed by Gardant Management Solutions, formerly BMA Management, which manages nearly 40 assisted living and memory care communities in Illinois.

“We are proud to be working on such an important project for the neighborhood,” said Alton Senior Vice President Chad Bouck. “Ridge had the foresight to develop a first-class supportive living center for our growing senior population in Chicagoland.”

Each of Lacey Creek’s private apartments will feature a kitchenette, spacious bathrooms with shower and grab bars, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning and an emergency alert system. Certified nursing assistants working under the direction of a licensed nurse are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition to the individual residences, Lacey Creek will include a full-service kitchen, formal dining area, movie theater, fitness area and ample multi-purpose space for resident functions.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place April 22 at 4200 Lacey Road in Downers Grove.

Lifespace Communities Set to Break Ground on Iowa CCRC Redevelopment

Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, Iowa, is set to break ground on a redevelopment project following a new financial backing commitment from its parent company, Des Moines, Iowa-based Lifespace Communities.

The $9 million project includes construction of a new performing arts center and large-scale renovations to one of its restaurants, the main entryway, living room and common areas throughout the community.

Additionally, Deerfield will also add new levels of living options and health services, including social-model residential care and and memory care, pending state certifications.

“There is good momentum behind this project, and we are fully committed to making Deerfield a community where residents find a sense of security, first-rate amenities and hospitality to be the cornerstone of their experience,” said Sloan Bentley, president and CEO of Lifespace Communities.

Renovations to the entryway, living room, hallways and other common areas will begin in the coming weeks, with remodeling and enhancements to the main restaurant to follow. Construction of the 100-seat performing arts center is scheduled to begin this fall.

Available apartments on Deerfield’s campus are also undergoing extensive remodeling. New residents will be able to select from a variety of models with features including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and other high-end upgrade selections.

Milwaukee-based AG Architecture has been selected as the designer for the project. Minneapolis-based Weis Builders is the contractor and THW is the interior designer.

Construction and all phases of the expansion and renovation projects are scheduled to be complete by June 2016.

Amber Ridge Assisted Living Community Undergoing $3.4 Million Renovations

Moline, Ill.-based Amber Ridge Assisted Living Community is currently undergoing a $3.4 million expansion project that will add 16 residential living units and a number of new amenities.

The new amenities being added as part of the renovation include a coffee shop, library and Internet room in the main building. Within the community’s clubhouse, upgrades include a new dining room with private dining space as well as the addition of a movie theater and entertainment room. An expanded therapy department is also part of the expansion plans.

High occupancy at the community, which maintains a waiting list, drove the need for expansion, said Cindy Navarro Reid, executive director of Amber Ridge Assisted Living, in a written statement.

Currently, the community already offers 24-hour staffing, family-style dining; courtyards and gardens; community lounge areas; a full-service beauty salon and barber shop; resident laundry rooms; social, recreational and education activities and outings; nursing professionals on staff; transportation; religious services and more.

Amber Ridge’s residential units feature kitchenettes, large closets and individual climate control; 24-hour call system for emergencies; as well as some units offering outdoor patio spaces.

Upon completion in May, Amber Ridge will offer a total of 46 residential units and will have added 8,000 sq. ft. of new space and renovated another 9,000 sq. ft.

In 2012, Amber Ridge partnered with St. Louis-based Provision Living to manage the property.

Construction: Completed

Beverly J. Searles Foundation to Host Ribbon Cutting for Myrtle Terraces

Officials with the Beverly J. Searles Foundation and Fairway Management will host a grand opening celebration May 1 for Myrtle Terraces, an 84-unit independent living facility in Gainesville, Ga.

Myrtle Terraces, which opened in January 2015, consists of one- and two-bedroom units along with an array of community areas, including exam rooms, training and wellness classes, therapy rooms and a fitness center.

Additional on-site amenities include a dining area, private dining room, game room, TV lounge, library and computer center, beauty parlor, day rooms, as well as the 8.4-acre “pocket park” located adjacent to the community.

Land for the “pocket park” was donated by Pacolet Milliken and was developed by BJS and Fairway Construction for dedication to the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

The project is a result of efforts from a variety of sources including the Gainesville City Council and Planning Department and the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department.

As part of the building design, Myrtle Terraces has approximately 1,600 sq. ft. of space dedicated to wellness. Through the community’s partnership with Brenau University, their faculty and graduate students studying aging and geriatrics, the Wellness Center provides a learning center for students and additional studies as well.

The Beverly J. Searles Foundation was the developer of Myrtle Terraces, along with Affordable Equity Partners. The architect for the project was Joe Bruder from Morton Gruber & Associates.

Symphony Senior Living Opens Ottawa’s First Dementia Care Community

Toronto, Ontario-based Symphony Senior Living last week announced the official opening of Moments Manor, the first all-dementia specialized care community in the Ottawa area serving residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive impairments.

Symphony acquired the former St. Joseph Manor in Orleans and invested $5 million in extensive renovations and upgrades. Under the new management, the property was rebranded and repositioned as Symphony’s first flagship all memory care community, Moments Manor.

The renovated facility includes a family and resident bistro; chapel; lounge with fireplace; resident kitchens and laundry; rest areas; elegant suites and furnishings.

“Moments Manor in Orleans is more than just a secure facility; it is a whole community in itself as residents are free to enjoy the entire property with their family, the spacious outdoors and the grounds,” said Lisa Brush, president, CEO and founder of Symphony Senior Living.

Symphony is a Canadian owned and operated company that operates 11 properties featuring 1,900 units in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. The company employs over 1,200 dedicated team members and operates in the independent living, assisted living and memory care sectors.

Symphony specializes in dementia care communities under its “Moments” brand.

Mainstreet Completes $15 Million Transitional Care Center in Carmel, Ind.

Mainstreet and Trilogy Health Services are celebrating their latest development, Wellbrooke of Carmel—a facility that is the first-of-its-kind in Carmel, Ind.

Wellbrooke of Carmel represents a $15 million investment and is a joint venture between Mainstreet, who developed the property, and Trilogy, who operates it.

Construction on the 94-bed, 68,590 sq. ft. began in April 2013 and the property is tentatively scheduled to open by end of this month.

Wellbrooke of Carmel provides transitional care—short-stay, physician-driven rehabilitation and therapy—and assisted living in a service-rich environment.

The facility was designed to reflect Carmel’s nearby Arts & Design District.

To date, Mainstreet has developed more than $500 million of post-acute health care properties and has raised $1.1 billion in capital.

Trilogy Health Services is based in Louisville, Ky. The company offers independent, assisted living as well as skilled nursing and rehabilitative services in 92 senior living communities throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.

Spectrum Retirement Communities Opens Creve Couer Assisted Living

Denver-based Spectrum Retirement Communities this week introduced its newest community to Missouri state with the grand opening of Creve Coeur Assisted Living.

Lease up for the community has been progressing “very well” for the 100 assisted living and memory care apartments at Creve Coeur Assisted Living, Spectrum said in a statement.

“They [apartments] offer residents a home where they can lead a healthy and happy life, without worrying about housekeeping, maintenance, transportation or cooking,” Spectrum said in a release. “Creve Coeur Assisted Living’s top priority is their residents’ well-being and happiness, with a variety of physical, cultural and lifestyle choices to ensure you or your loved ones have the independence desired, with all the comforts and care of home.”

Creve Coeur Assisted Living is owned and operated by Spectrum Retirement Communities. The company currently operates 26 communities in 11 states. Creve Coeur Assisted Living is the company’s fifth community in the state of Missouri.

Brightview Senior Living Welcomes Residents to New Maryland Community

Brightview Senior Living, the senior housing arm of Baltimore-based developer The Shelter Group, welcomed the first residents to its Brightview Rolling Hills premier community in Catonsville, MD. on April 13.

Featuring a total of 143 apartment homes, Brightview Rolling Hills includes independent, assisted living and Wellspring Village, Brightview’s specialized program and environment for people living with dementia or other forms of memory impairment.

Rolling Hills embodies hallmarks of Brightview communities, including beautifully designed apartment homes and amenity spaces, along with maintenance, housekeeping, scheduled transportation services as well as personalized care from the community’s highly trained staff—all at residents’ disposal.

Programs using Brightview’s SPICE initiative engage residents in all dimensions of wellness—spiritual, physical, intellectual, cultural and emotional—and are tailored to meet all levels.

The community, which is located at 848 Rolling Road, is Brightview’s twelfth community in Maryland.

Written by Jason Oliva

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