In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (10/29/15)

(Photo: Élan Westpointe in New Braunfels, Texas by Titan Senior Living)

Construction: Planned

Lakewood Manor CCRC Plans Expansion in Va.

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Virginia Baptist Homes recently announced a plan that will bring significant changes to Lakewood Manor, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Richmond, Va.

Although plans are currently in the research and development phase, Virginia Baptist Homes President and CEO Jonathan Cook said the organization intends to add new homes with a unique design that hasn’t been built before in the Richmond area.

A central focus of the redesigned community will be fixated on empowering residents to improve their overall well-being, with new wellness programming based on the latest research about how to stay active and healthy longer.

Also planned for the community will be a new community center with wellness and fitness areas, along with enhancements to the campus grounds, including the proposed addition of a lake.

A construction start date was not disclosed.

Baptist Retirement Community to Expand 100-Acre Campus

Baptist Retirement Community, a 100-acre CCRC serving over 400 seniors in San Angelo, Texas, is planning a renovation project to expand community-wide amenities.

With many of the homes on the CCRC campus built during the 60s, 70s and 80s, the community is currently working to bring everything up-to-date—a total renovation that will call for replacing everything except the sheetrock.

This means replacing all the interior and exterior doors; scraping off the popcorn ceilings and retexturing them; gutting bathrooms to remove bathtubs and replace them with showers and toilets to meet new health care standards; replacing cabinetry, countertops and flooring; as well as adding more light fixtures and more ceiling fans.

The community is also taking a green approach in its renovations by adding new Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, fluorescent light bulbs, storm doors, double pane windows and insulation in the attics.

Landscaping renovations may involved xeriscaping yards to improve water conservation and highlight the beauty of native West Texas plants and shrubbery.

For many of the homes, the CCRC will also be adding back porches and patio areas.

Dominion Senior Living Plans Construction for Tenn. Project

This week, Dominion Senior Living announced it will soon begin construction on a 50,000-square-foot, $8 million assisted living and memory care community in Athens, Tenn.

Located at 2090 W. Madison Avenue, Dominion Senior Living of Athens will focus on the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the residents it serves, as well as its employees.

A large courtyard at the community will include picnic areas, games, walking paths and sensory gardens designed with features to engage residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The location of the community sits just minutes from nearby medical centers, hospitals, shopping and banks.

Construction: In process

$154 Million Wash. CCRC Nears 50% Completion of Expansion

Timber Ridge at Talus, a CCRC in Issaquah, Wash. is nearing 50% construction completion of its Phase II expansion, which will include an additional 145 apartment homes, as well as the addition of several other campus amenities.

Owned by joint-venture partners LCS and Westminster Capital, Timber Ridge at Talus’ expansion plans also call for the construction of an 8,100-square-foot auditorium, an indoor swimming pool, larger dining venue and an expansion to its on-site Briarwood Health Center.

Built on 10 acres, the CCRC derives its name “Talus” from the 630-acre master-planned urban sanctuary situated at the base of Cougar Mountain.

The $154.5 million Phase II project at the lodge-style CCRC is planned for completion in fall 2016.

The Weitz Company is the general contractor for Phase II.

Construction: Completed

Five Star Senior Living Opens New Memory Care Neighborhood in Delaware

Newton, Mass.-based Five Star Quality Care, Inc. (NYSE: FVE) announced this week that it has opened its newest memory care neighborhood at Foulk Manor South in Wilmington, Delaware.

Dubbed “The Terrace,” the new memory care neighborhood is designed specifically for residents facing the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, yet are still leading active lives.

The Terrace neighborhood is an intimate, home-like environment providing only 11 suites.

Investment figures were not disclosed by the company.

Mainstreet, Ensign Group Celebrate Opening of Kansas City Healthcare Resort

Carmel, Ind.-based Mainstreet and Mission Viejo, Calif.-based company The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) this week announced the opening of The Healthcare Resort of Kansas City, in Kansas.

The new property, located at 8900 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, provides transitional care—short-stay rehabilitation and therapy—and assisted living.

With 100 beds and 71,626-square-feet, The Healthcare Resort of Kansas City boasts hospitality-oriented care with amenities that include a large therapy gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, a putting green, spa, movie theatre, on-site chef and more.

Construction began on the property in April 2014 and was completed in September 2015, with Mainstreet serving as the developer and Ensign as the operator.

The project, which is the first between Mainstreet and Ensign Group, represents a total community investment of $15.5 million, and created 350 construction jobs and 90 permanent jobs at the property itself.

HHHunt Opens Md. Assisted Living and Memory Care Community

On October 29, HHHunt announced the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Spring Arbor of Severna Park, the company’s latest senior living project located in Severna Park, Md.

The community includes 78 senior apartments featuring spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as a variety of services for assisted living and dementia care.

Spring Arbor also boasts a spa, salon, multiple libraries, sunrooms, inviting common spaces and restaurant-style dining, along with additional amenities that include a wellness room with state-of-the-art equipment for physical and occupational therapy needs.

The community is located at 345 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Commonwealth Assisted Living Completes Expansion at Va. Community

Commonwealth Senior Living at Charlottesville, a senior living community in Charlottesville, Va., recently completed a extensive renovation, which included the addition of new assisted living and memory care neighborhoods.

The assisted living neighborhood includes 19 rooms, while the memory care portion includes 21 rooms, ranging from companion and private studios to one-bedroom homes.

Renovations also enhanced community spaces and features such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, all-day restaurant-style dining, on-site salon, transportation, an underground parking garage, and additional on-site storage.

As part of the renovations, Commonwealth has also upgraded its emergency features at the community by providing residents the option of wearing an emergency pendant.

The newly renovated community features Commonwealth’s Sweet Memories signature program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Based in Charlottesville, Commonwealth Assisted Living operates 21 senior living communities throughout Va.

EPOCH at Trumbull Hosts Grand Opening in Conn.

Bridges by EPOCH Memory Care Assisted Living at Trumbull, which will open to residents in November, is hosting a grand opening celebration October 29.

Located in Trumbull, Conn., the community is a joint collaboration between EPOCH Senior Living and National Development, a real estate and investment firm with senior housing expertise.

The community offers 72 suites with four different floor plans. Architecturally, the community features soothing lighting, decor and tap ceilings. It also offers outdoor space, including a landscaped courtyard and partially covered, furnished open-air dec on the second floor.

Exterior design was provided by CBT of Boston, while interior design came from architectural firm JSA of Portsmouth, N.H. The general contractor was the C.E. Floyd Company of Middletown, Conn.

Titan Senior Living Will Open New Texas Community Next Month

On November 19, Titan Senior Living will open a new Class-A, 113-unit senior living community in New Braunfels, Texas, under the brand “Èlan A Senior Lifestyle,” the company announced this week.

The property, dubbed Èlan Westpointe, includes an executive chef-operated restaurant, bistro beer garden, salon, wellness center, media room and art studio. Additionally, residents will be able to enjoy a variety of on-site activities as well as day trips that take advantage of Èlan Westpointe’s country location.

A fully-licesned assisted living and memory care community, Èlan Westpointe is located at 2140 Independence Drive, nearby shopping, restaurants and other services.

Upon opening, the community will be operated by LCS. Reid & Associates of Texas served as the general contractor.

Written by Jason Oliva

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