In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (2/11/16)

(The Healthcare Resort of Plano developed by Mainstreet and operated by The Ensign Group in Plano, Texas — Photo courtesy of Mainstreet)

Construction: Planned

Omega Communities Plans $45 Million Community for Ga.

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Birmingham, Ala.-based Omega Communities plans to begin construction later this year on a new $45 million continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Stockbridge, Ga.

Dubbed Lake Vista at Eagle’s Landing, the new community will feature more than 150 units for independent living, assisted living and memory care.

In an announcement this week, Omega said it plans to begin construction in the fourth quarter of this year on 10 acres at the corner of Highway 42 North and Brannan Road.

The location, which is next door to Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church, aligns with Omega Communities’ model of providing senior care services at locations adjacent to community-impacting churches, with which it can partner in affinity relationships to support its communities’ residents.

Omega’s latest CCRC is part of a larger plan for Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church to build a ministry village on its remaining 55 acres along Highway 42 North.

Preliminary plans for the village will include new construction for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County, Eagle’s Landing Christian Counseling Center, and Uniting Hope for Children, a foster and adoption ministry.

Upscale amenities will include appointed suites and a courtyard, a pool, library, beauty salon, exercise room, banquet hall, exploration room, nature trail, and a three-acre lake formed around a natural spring.

The Stockbridge development is One of four Omega communities planned for 2016. Others are located in Fort Myers, Jacksonville and Lady Lake, Fla.

Recently, Omega opened stellar Continuing Care communities in Sarasota and North Port, Fla.

Project partners alongside Omega include Greenbrier Development, Greenbrier Senior Living and three: living architecture.

With a construction timeline estimated between 12-14 months, Omega hopes to conduct a grand opening for Lake Vista at Eagle’s Landing by Christmas 2017.

As a result of the new CCRC, Omega looks to create more than 200 construction jobs. Once operational, the community will have more than 100 employees and an annual payroll between $2.5 million and $3 million, according to Omega Communities.

Balfour Senior Living Proposes $35 Million Upscale Community

Louisville, Colo.-based Balfour Senior Living recently submitted a site plan to construct a $35 million upscale senior living community in Ann Arbor, Mich., reports MLive.

Project plans call for 154 independent, assisted living and memory care units to be built in the building’s four-story, 183,000-square-foot structure.

Each independent living unit will feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms with roughly 1,200-square-feet of living space.

Amenities include large common areas, an indoor saltwater pool, a fitness center, farm-to-table dining, a spa and beauty parlor.

According to documents submitted to the city of Ann Arbor, Balfour expects construction will take approximately 13 months, with a completion date anticipated for 2017.

The project site will be developed by Southfield, Mich.-based REDICO.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission staff is currently reviewing Balfour’s site plan for the project.

Allegro Senior Living to Develop $25 Million Community in Central Fla.

St. Louis-based Allegro Senior Living plans to begin construction this month on a new, $25 million community in the Orlando, Fla. area, reports Orlando Business Journal.

Allegro at Casselberry will be a 154-unit community offering 79 independent living units, 54 for assisted living and 21 for memory care. The 174,000-square-foot development will include amenities such as spas, pools, fine dining, among other entertainment offerings.

Construction, which was originally slated to begin last October, will now begin this month, according to Welbro Building Inc., the project’s general contractor.

Construction: In process

Construction Begins on Integral Senior Living-Managed Community in Calif.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based operator Integral Senior Living will soon manage a new senior living community currently being developed in Tulare, Calif.

Grande Oak Village, the new community owned by The Bethel Assembly of God, will offer senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care.

With over 300,000-square-feet of development, Grande Oak Village will consist of four buildings, the first of which to undergo construction is The Gardens. This building will feature 91 units, of which 28 are memory care and 63 are assisted living.

The second building, The Residence, will offer 70 units of independent living consisting of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Meanwhile, the third building, dubbed The Grande Oak Apartments, will offer 82 units of senior apartments consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes.

The development will also include a 20,000-square-foot Clubhouse, which will also serve as a community center for all of Tulare.

The first phase of development is expected to be complete in early 2017.

Walters Group Underway on Affordable Senior Housing Project

N.J.-based real estate developer the Walters Group is currently underway on construction of a new affordable rental community for seniors in Barnegat, N.J.

Cornerstone at Barnegat will be a 70-unit complex situated on a five-acre site on the corner of Route 9 and Georgetown Blvd.

The modern, three-story building will feature one- and two-bedroom floor plans, encompassing 63 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom units.

A 7,000-square-foot community clubhouse will also offer a variety of amenities including a kitchen area, game room, state-of-the-art fitness center and conference room.

The Walters Group sees Cornerstone at Barnegat as filling a need for senior affordable housing in the township, and plans to give priority to Hurricane Sandy-impacted residents during the first 90 days of lease-up.

Work on the development began in January and is scheduled for completion year-end 2016.

Aside from Cornerstone at Barnegat, the Walters Group is planning the development of several more affordable housing communities in Ocean and Burlington counties. One age-restricted community is currently under construction in Toms River offering the same features as the Barnegat development.

Other projects are planned in Delanco, Jackson, Howell and Lacey—all in N.J.

Construction: Completed

Mainstreet, The Ensign Group Open Healthcare Resort of Plano, Texas

Carmel, Ind.-based developer Mainstreet and Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG), recently celebrated the grand opening of a new transitional care center in Plano, Texas.

Located at 3325 West Plano Parkway, The Healthcare Resort of Plano provides short-stay rehabilitation and therapy, as well as assisted living, in a service-rich environment.

The 68,203-square-foot facility offers 100 beds, boasting hospitality-oriented care with amenities such as a large therapy gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, a spa, movie theatre, on-site chef and more.

Construction began on the facility in March 2014 and is tentatively scheduled to open mid-March.

In total, the project represents a community investment of $16 million. Development of the facility created 500 construction jobs and 90 permanent jobs at the property itself.

Kisco Senior Living Opens $30 Million Hawaii Community

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Kisco Senior Living recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest community, Ilima at Leihano, in West Oaha, Hawaii, reports Pacific Business News.

The new $30 million, three-story community accommodates 84 units on 3.8 acres of the 40-acre Leihano mixed-use development in Kapolei.

The Kendal Corporation, Perkins Eastman Cut Ribbon on Expanded N.Y. Community

Kennett Square, Pa.-based senior living provider The Kendal Corporation was recently joined with architects from Perkins Eastman to celebrate the completion of the newly expanded Kendal at Ithaca community in Ithaca, N.Y.

The $30 million expansion, which began in 2012, coincides with the 20th anniversary of Kendal at Ithaca, a Life Plan Community (formerly termed CCRC).

The repositioning and expansion project produced a new building entrance and reception area, expanded fitness center, new casual dining bistro, 24 new high-end apartments for independent living, as well as a new skilled nursing center, which replaces the original care center on campus.

In phase II, Kendal at Ithaca officials plan to convert former nursing rooms into an enlarged health clinic for the community.

The community’s new single-story skilled nursing center was designed on the neighborhood model, in which the center is divided into three distinct neighborhoods, each featuring its own kitchen and pantry, dining and living rooms; and 16 private resident rooms with sensitively designed outdoor space.

Architect Perkins Eastman’s master plan for the community also introduced a variety of new passive and active outdoor courtyards, and an expansion of the community’s pre-existing walking paths.

studioSIX5 Completes Expansion Phase II at Erickson CCRC

Austin, Texas-based interior design firm studioSIX5 recently announced the completion of the second phase of an expansion project currently happening at Erickson Living’s Wind Crest CCRC in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Both Erickson and studioSIX5 began working together in 2012 to create a second neighborhood at the Wind Crest community, which originally opened in 2007. Based on its initial experience, Wind Crest secured studioSIX5 to complete its vision for the community: a total of three neighborhoods, which consist of three club houses, 12 residential buildings and a continuing care center.

After a successful opening and occupancy of the first neighborhood, Erickson had a different vision for future neighborhoods within the master planned community. Previously, they concentrated on all amenities in one community building, but after brining in studioSIX5, their teams decided to begin scattering amenities throughout the buildings of the neighborhood so they could be more accessible.

Now, amenities such as dining rooms, art rooms, classrooms, theaters and salons are spread throughout the property for ease of use. Apart from designing the common areas, studioSIX5 also helps residents create their own spaces.

Wind Crest allows residents to choose their apartments from different floor plans. These packages all contain different flooring, lighting, color palettes, cabinets and countertops from which residents may choose to customize their personal space.

Overall, the composition of Wind Crest incorporates contemporary and transitional design characteristics. The design team also chose to incorporate familiar Colorado elements, like a custom-designed, graphic map of the area inside the cafe in one building, and photos of area scenery commissioned from a local photographer in another building.

Currently, studioSIX5 and Erickson are working on the final neighborhood expansion expected to finish in 2018.

Written by Jason Oliva

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