In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (9/10/15)

(Rendering of Cascade Manor at night – Photo courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects)

Construction: Planned

Aldersgate CCRC in North Carolina to Undergo $70 Million Transformation


Formerly known as The Methodist Home, non-profit continuing care retirement center (CCRC) Aldersgate is undergoing a campus-wide expansion that will transform the more than 70-year-old, 234-acre campus in Charlotte, N.C.

The project will add 62 new residences, enhanced amenities and programming, a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, expanded memory care options and “trendsetting” centers of healthcare excellence, the CCRC announced in a release last week.

The first phase of construction—a new wing of 16 memory sport suites and Town Center renovation—began in June.


Additional plans call for construction to begin late this year on a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and rehab center, while the third phase of construction—including 62 independent living apartment and villas—is expected to be completed in early 2018.

An important part of the construction plans is a new 125-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that will be built to replace the Asbury Care Center’s current 100-bed center. At 5,000-square-feet, the physical therapy space in the new facility will be double that of what the current facility offers.

The skilled nursing center’s design reflects the home-like environment Aldersgate will offer residents. Here, there will be six households comprised of 20 private suites, with each household having a living room, dining room and kitchen.

Aldersgate’s existing memory care center, Cuthbertson Village, will also be expanded and updated as part of the transformation. The 15-year-old facility will add 16 private memory support suites, along with five transitional suites and undergo a renovation into neighborhoods.

Three new independent living apartment and villa buildings with a total of 62 residences will also be added to the campus-wide transformation.

Homes at Aldersgate range from 500-square-foot apartments to cottages with more than 2,000-square-feet of space. Entrance fees range from the upper $100,000s to the low $400,000s for new apartments and villas ranging from 851- to 1,475-square-feet, the CCRC said in a release.

Shook Kelley, an urban planning firm with offices in Charlotte and Los Angeles, is responsible for planning and implementation of community flow, the Village Center and independent living residences.

Brian Schiff and Associates is leading the development of the Gateway Expansion and is providing financial consulting and project management services.

Choate Construction Company is the general contractor. BB&T Capital Markets is providing investment advisory services.

Construction: In process

Developers Break Ground on Illinois Supportive Living Facility in Peoria

A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier this month to mark the start of construction of GateWay at River City, a 106-apartment affordable assisted living community in Peoria, Ill.

The community is being developed by Chicago-based Vermilion Development and will be managed by Gardant Management Solutions, Inc., of Bradley, Ill. The community will operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program.

A provider of affordable assisted living communities, Gardant operates more than 40 communities that house nearly 3,800 senior living, assisted living and memory care homes and apartments.

Primary financing sources for the $21 million development came from a $9 million HUD-insured loan; $9.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity purchased by Affordable Housing Partners, a Berkshire Hathaway company; and nearly $3 million in Illinois Housing Development Authority HOME Funds.

Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects, PC, of Chicago and Champaign, Ill., is the architectural firm for the development. Forsyth, Ill.-based Horve Construction is the general contractor.

Meridian Realty Advisors Breaks Ground on Integral Senior Living-Managed Community

Affiliates of Dallas-based Meridian Realty Advisors, L.P. recently broke ground on The Pointe at Lifespring, a new assisted living and memory care community located in Knoxville, Tenn.

Expected to be complete and ready for occupancy in the summer of 2016, The Pointe at Lifespring will offer a total of 64 assisted living and memory care apartments.

The community, which will be managed by Carlsbad, Calif.-based Integral Senior Living, will feature a sunset dining room, private dining room for entertaining, a fitness gym with senior-specialized equipment, a spa & beauty salon, multi-purpose activity areas, 24/7 staffing, a dedicated pet area, outdoor dining and barbecue areas, individual dedicated gardening areas and a state-of-the-art emergency call system.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments will feature individualized heating and air conditioning, walk-in closets, large well-lit bathrooms and easily-accessible showers and an emergency call system.

Meanwhile, the memory care neighborhood will feature private units with shared or private bathrooms, a dedicated entrance, well-landscaped interior courtyards, covered porches, dedicated dining and activity areas and a secure interior.

Affiliates of Meridian are the owner and developer of the community. Pi Architects of Austin, Texas, is the project’s designer.

Cascade Manor CCRC Underway on $10 Million Expansion

Cascade Manor, a CCRC in Eugene, Ore., is making progress on its nearly $10 million expansion project that will create 30 new luxury, independent living apartment homes, as well as add new community amenities and enhance current community features.

The expansion will add 82,000-square-feet to the senior living community and will bring nine additional full-time positions with the opening of the new building. Apartment homes will encompass up to 2,700-square-feet.

In addition to new, larger housing options, the community is also adding a new dining venue and a courtyard with exterior seating to give residents more choices for dining.

Cascade Manor is also renovating existing common spaces including the dining room, main lobby, library and exterior finishes on the entire campus. New and renovated spaces will include upgraded, high-quality finishes and textiles.

Construction is slated to wrap-up this fall and residents are expected to move in by the end of December.

Cascade Manor is partnering with Ankrom Moisan Architects to design and implement the new additions associated with the 29th Place Expansion, a project that includes 30 two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den floor plans ranging from 1,300-square-feet to 2,700-square-feet.

Building Expansion at Colorado Erickson CCRC to Conclude this October

Wind Crest retirement community, an Erickson Living CCRC in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is slated to complete its trio of new building expansions with the October opening of High Line Overlook.

This building, which combines 30 new apartment homes with multi-use community space and a variety of amenities, is expected to be completely sold out by the time of its opening, Erickson said in a release.

High Line Overlook adds the 230-seat Arts and Enrichment Center with a stage and theater seating on the terrace level. The center also houses the community’s TV studio, where residents will be able to assist in television show production.

Also on the terrace level of High Line Overlook is the Red Rocks Catering Room, which adds space for private parties, events and meetings. Opposite the catering room sits Burton’s Steakhouse, named after Wind Crest’s first resident Clarence Burton.

The first floor of the High Line Overlook houses a third fitness center, a complement to the main fitness center in the first neighborhood as well as a second fitness center in McHenry’s Crossing residence building, which opened at the CCRC in November 2014.

Apartment homes at High Line Overlook feature modern fixtures, including brushed nickel hardware, granite countertops, stainless sell appliance packages and luxury vinyl plank flooring.

Architect for High Line Overlook is JHP and the contractor is Brinkmann Constructors.

Construction: Completed

Capitol Seniors Housing to Open New N.J. Assisted Living Facility Next Week

Solana at Marlboro, a new assisted living and memory care community in Marlboro, N.J., is scheduled to open and welcome its first residents on September 17.

Developed by Capitol Seniors Housing, a senior housing development and investment firm based in Washington, D.C., along with its partner, the Formation Shelbourne Group of Atlanta, the new facility will feature 79 units, 54 of which devoted to assisted living and the remaining 25 to memory care.

The 66,341-square-foot, two-story community will be managed by Chelsea Senior Living. With Solana at Marlboro, this marks the thirteenth senior living community under Chelsea’s management in N.J.

Architecturally, the community is designed to reflect the character of the community of Marlboro with its proximity to both country estates and the Shore, also incorporating a classic style with some coastal elements.

The community includes a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, along with an interior courtyard that provides new outdoor space for both residents and families.

Bridges by EPOCH at Mashpee to Host Grand Opening

Bridges by EPOCH Memory Care Assisted Living at Mashpee (Mass.) will host a grand opening event September 10 at the community’s location at 462 Old Barnstable Road.

The community, which is a joint collaboration between Waltham, Mass.-based EPOCH Senior Living and National Development, welcomed its first residents July 6.

Bridges by EPOCH at Mashpee offers 54 private suites, including six affordable apartments.

The 45,620-square-foot community is designed in “Cape Cod style” on 24 acres, 19 of which are preserved wooded areas. Design features include soothing light, decor and colors, tall ceilings, wide spaces and windows for natural light, as well as an enclosed landscaped courtyard.

JSA of Portsmouth, N.H., was the architectural firm that designed the community, and the general contractor was Cranshaw Construction of Newton, Mass.

Senior Living Opens New Dallas Assisted Living Community

Texas-based Tradition Senior Living this week announced the opening of its latest community, The Tradition-Lovers Lane Community, in Dallas.

The independent living, assisted living and memory care rental community is situated at 5850 East Lovers Lane at Matilda.

On 7.5 acres, the campus comprises a 202- unit independent living building and a 109-unit assisted living and memory care property fronting Milton Street.

The independent living building was designed by Houston architects Meeks + Partners, while the assisted living and memory care property was designed by Dallas-based D2 Architecture, LLC.

Written by Jason Oliva

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