In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (11/29/15)

Construction: Planned

Primrose Retirement Communities to Break Ground in Ind.

On December 1, South Dakota-based Primrose Retirement Communities will begin construction on a new 110-unit senior living community in Newburgh, Ind.


The multi-million project will include independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments as well as 10 townhome villas. An opening is expected in the spring of 2017.

Empire Contractors will build the new community, which will be located at 9800 Lincoln Avenue in Newburgh. German American Bank is providing financing for the project.

When open, the new community expects to employ approximately 30 people.


Headquartered in Aberdeen, S.D., Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, provides senior housing in 33 locations across 15 states.

Construction: In process

Anthem Memory Care Building Third Chicago-Area Community

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Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Anthem Memory Care is currently in the process of building its third community in the Chicagoland area.

Located at 1879 Chestnut Ave in Glenview, Ill., the new community, dubbed Emerald Place, is expected to open in late 2016. Developed and operated by Anthem, the new $15 million project will create 50 new jobs.

At 43,000 square feet, Emerald Place will be able to accommodate up to 80 residents in a variety of floor plans, including private with private bath; private with shared bath; and shared with shared with shared bath suite choices. Each unit will be outfitted with smart technology that helps community star monitor, understand and respond to individual resident needs.

Anthem’s first two-story community, Emerald Place will incorporate features that include two large satellite kitchens with bar-style counters; vaulted ceilings with clerestory winders placed over main gathering areas to bring in natural light; a secure outdoor courtyard with circular walking path, a putting green, bocce ball court and raised garden beds.

The first phase of construction involves demolishing a vacant warehouse-style structure on the site.

Teaming with Anthem on Emerald Place are CBTwo Architects, general contractor Adair Group and LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE: LTC), which is providing financing.

Aside from Emerald Place, Anthem is also building two other communities in the greater Chicago area, both of which are scheduled to open next year as well. The company is also building a new memory care community in Murrieta, Calif.

Anthem currently operates a dementia care community in Chico, Calif., and four properties in Denver.

Five Star Completes Two Renovation Projects in South Carolina

Newton, Mass.-based Five Star Senior Living (NYSE: FVE) this past week announced the completion of two refurbishment projects at two South Carolina communities: Morningside at Georgetown and Morningside of Rock Hill.

The vision of the renovations was to update each environment, while also creating a more comfortable setting that still feels like home, said Five Star’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Herzig in a written statement.

Refurbishments updated all common areas at the communities, including changes to the dining areas that now allow for better access and comfort.

Beyond the cosmetic aspect of the renovation projects, the changes made to the common areas build upon the Five Star LifeStyle360 program, which is a holistic approach to senior wellness and active community living that both Morningside of Georgetown and Rock Hill implemented earlier this year.

Arizona Assisted Living Community Under Construction

Construction began early October on The Hacienda at The River, a senior living community in Tucson, Ariz., that will offer assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitative and hospice care.

Situated on an eight-acre, multi-use parcel on the south side of River Road at Hacienda del Sol Road, east of Campbell Ave, the development is expected to provide approximately 230 temporary construction jobs and 200 long-term hospitality and medical-related jobs as well as housing for up to 192 people when it opens in late 2016.

The Hacienda at The River is the product of Tucson-based company, Watermark Retirement Communities, a senior housing developer and operator with more than 25 years of experience. The project is designed by RTKL of Los Angeles and Tucson-based Indevco Architects.

Part of the development and construction involves building four “Hacienda Homes” accommodating 15-18 residents each. Within these residences, universal caregivers called “Nayas,” which is Sanskrit for leader or guide, will attend to residents’ needs.

Complementing the Hacienda Homes for assisted living and memory care, there will also be short- and long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitative care at “The Springs,” which will be akin to a European spa, where residents will be able to recover from surgery, injury or illness.

The Hacienda at The River will share its multi-use site with adjacent garden medical office space to be developed by Michael R. Wattis, Inc., which intends to build a 15,000 square foot office building to suit the needs of a single tenant under a long-term lease agreement.

Additional features at the community will include courtyards; patios of the Hacienda Homes that will support three raised vegetable beds; a potting table and water-harvesting arroyo where residents can raise flowers, vegetables and herbs, as well as harvest fruit from the many citrus trees on campus. Gardens and orchards will yield seasonal produce for the tables of The Hacienda.

Integral Senior Living to Manage Texas Community Under Construction

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Integral Senior Living will soon manage a new assisted living and memory care community currently under construction in Denton, Texas.

The community, dubbed The Village Assisted Living & Memory Care, is owned by SRP Medical, and is anticipated to open in mid-2016.

Upon completion, The Village will offer 107 units—75 of which will be for assisted living and 32 memory care private units. For the assisted living units, residents will have the choice of studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

In terms of amenities, residents at The Village will be able to enjoy a bistro/bar, library, computer lounge, hair and nail salon, chef-prepared meals, a chapel, fireplace, theater room, arts and crafts room and fitness area.

The Village is located at 1919 Brinker Road in Denton, Texas.

Chartwell to Develop $65 Million Retirement Residences in Canada

Mississauga, Ontario-based Canadian senior living provider Chartwell is building a new independent living residence in the Montreal suburb of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Quebec.

The new project, which is being built in partnership with developer EMD-Batimo Inc., represents an investment of $65 million with constructed expected to employe 150 people. Once fully operational, the new community ail lacerate 45 permanent jobs.

Phase one of the project calls for 275 rental units. Additionally, 42 condos will be undertaken by EMD. At full capacity, Chartwell says total units may extend to as many as 850.

The project location on Émile-Bouchard Street is within walking distance to a variety of retail shops and is also in close proximity to the centre La Caravane Multisports and a new Local Community Service Centre. Additionally, the Vaudreuil AMT commuter train station sits less than one kilometer away.

The new location joins Chartwell’s existing network of 42 residences across the province of Quebec and more than 180 locations across Canada.

With an anticipated opening slated for mid-2017, the Sales Centre at the new community is expected to be open in January 2016.

Construction: Completed

Titan Senior Living Opens Flagship Community in Texas

Last week, Titan Senior Living welcomed the first residents to its flagship senior living community, Élan Westpointe, a new Class-A 113-unit development in New Braunfels, Texas.

The new resort-style community provides an executive chef-operated restaurant, bistro, beer garden, salon, wellness center, media room and art studio.

Élan Westpointe offers assisted living and memory care services at its location of 2140 Independence Drive.

The “Élan A Senior Lifestyle” brand will be operated by LCS of Des Moines, Iowa.

Stoneridge Creek CCRC Opens $50 Million Health Center

Stoneridge Creek, a CCRC in Pleasanton, Calif., recently announced that its latest addition, CreekView, welcomed its first residents.

The $50 million health center provides multiple levels of care ranging from long-term to short term, respite care, skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care.

Located at 2900 Stoneridge Drive in Plesanton, CreekView is adjacent to the independent living residences at StoneridgeCreek. On site, there are 48 assisted living apartments, 20 memory care apartments and 73 skilled nursing beds for varying levels of health care.

Amenities include restaurant-style dining, a fitness room, courtyard, multimedia room and full-service beauty spa, among other features.

Project partners included VTBS Architects on Santa Monica; San Ramon-based landscape architects Gates and Associates; and Pleasanton-based civil engineer RJA.

Stoneridge Creek is advised by Continuing Life LLC, which also oversees CCRCs in California’s Carlsbad, Fullerton and Thousand Oaks.

Primrose Retirement Communities to Celebrate Grand Opening in Ind.

In addition to the project Primrose Retirement Communities has planned for Newburgh, Ind. (mentioned above), the South Dakota-based company is getting ready to celebrate the completion of a new senior living community in the state, this time in Mishawaka, Ind.

On December 10, Primrose will host a grand opening celebration to introduce its newest community, Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka, located at 820 Fulmer Road.

The new community consists of 36 independent living and 40 assisted living apartment homes, along with eight townhome villas. Floor plans are available in a mix of one- and two-bedroom options.

Amenities at the new community include a wellness center, pub and billiards/game room, chapel, business center, movie theater, bistro and outdoor gazebo.

The multi-million project was financed by MutualBank in Mishawaka and is owned and operated by Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC.

Braemoor Health Center Completes Renovations

Braemoor Health Center, a Synergy Health Centers facility in Brockton, Mass., recently completed major renovations amounting to over $1 million in upgrades.

Renovations included work done to the facility’s south wing and lobby, and also included new beds, bedding, bedroom furniture, nurse station, bathrooms reception, flooring, common space, office furniture, windows and more.

Braemoor Health Center is located at 34 N. Pearl St. in Brockton, Mass.

Written by Jason Oliva

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