In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (3/10/16)

(The Arlington of Naples Retirement Community in Naples, Fla. – Photo courtesy of Lutheran Life Communities)

Construction: Planned

Primrose Retirement Communities Plans Ark. Assisted Living, Memory Care Project

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Aberdeen, S.D.-based Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, this week announced plans to begin construction on a 98-unit assisted living and memory care community in Rogers, Ark.

Primrose is inviting the public to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, March 22 at the building site, located at 650 S. Dodson Road in Rogers.

The multi-million dollar project is expected to be open in 2017. Apart from the 98-units that include assisted living and memory care apartments, the community will also feature 24 townhome villas.

When open, the retirement community expects to employ approximately 50 people, according to a release from Primrose.

The project will be built by C.R. Crawford Construction of Fayetteville, Ark. and is being financed by Bear State Bank.

Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities opened its first community in Aberdeen, S.D. in 1991. Since then, the company has grown to include over 30 locations in 16 states.

Kisco Senior Living Plans Expansion, Renovations for Anaheim Community

This June, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Kisco Senior Living plans to break ground on a $16 million expansion and renovation project at Emerald Court, a 194-unit independent and assisted living community in Anaheim, Calif.

Kisco, which is the owner and operator of Emerald Court, will add a two-story, 58-unit assisted living building, as well as a new bistro, fitness center and multiple landscaped courtyards.

The company also plans to renovate and expand the community’s common areas and residences in the current building.

“We are eager to get started on these enhancements, specifically the addition of brand new, state-of-the-art assisted living apartments, for which there is growing demand in this part of Orange County,” said Kisco’s Chief Development Officer Mitchell Brown in a written statement.

A family-owned company, Kisco Senior Living currently owns and operates 22 senior living communities in seven states. Its communities offer independent lifestyle options for seniors, as well as licensed assisted living and memory care in some locations.

90-Year-Old Wash. CCRC Announces Muti-Phase Expansion Project

Franke Tobey Jones, a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in the Point Defiance neighborhood of Tacoma, Wash., announced plans this week to invest in expanding its services, which the community has provided for more than 90 years.

The latest expansion is in the early planning phases, but will include involvement from community residents, families and surrounding neighbors interested in participating, according to a press release Franke Tobey Jones issued Monday.

Initial plans for the community’s expansion include three phases over the next five to eight years.

Phase I calls for a new state-of-the-art health center and memory care community, as well as a new Puget Sound-view independent living apartment building.

Under Phase II, the CCRC plans to build a new “Aging in Place” independent living apartment building, including spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with amenities that include an enhanced wellness center, auditorium, bistro, game room, lounge, business/computer room, library and rooftop deck.

Plans for Phase III will renovate the campus’ historic original building and the community’s Lillian Pratt building will also be completed in the final phase of the redevelopment project.

Established in 1924, Franke Tobey Jones currently serves nearly 190 residents across independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing accommodations. It also runs the Point Defiance Ruston Senior Center, its Senior University program and the M.J. Wicks Family Wellness Center—all of which are open to anyone age 55 and older, regardless if they are a Franke Tobey Jones resident or not.

When complete, the CCRC will be home to over 280 seniors and will provide a full spectrum of senior living options.

A capital campaign is also planned in order to offset a small portion of the project expenses, the key goals of which are to ensure responsible stewardship of the community’s resources, keep financing fees down and ultimately avoid passing on costs to residents, the CCRC said in a release.

Franke Tobey Jones has engaged Marathon Development, Inc., of Bellevue, Wash. to provide master planning and development services.

LRS Architects of Portland, Ore. has been retained to provide the architectural design.

Formal planning documents are expected to be filed with the City of Tacoma in April 2016.

Franke Tobey Jones plans to schedule a series of community meetings to ensure transparent communication and solicit input from those who will be served by the new plans.

Construction: In process

Groundbreaking Held for $27 Million Chicago Assisted Living Community

Bradley, Ill.-based Gardant Management Solutions recently broke ground on a new affordable assisted living community that it will operate on Chicago’s west side.

The community, The Montclare at Lawndale, will be located in Chicago’s Lanwdale neighborhood next to Unity Park. It is expected to open in 2017.

The five-story community will encompass 108,000-square-feet, and will house 120 private studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each of the private apartments will feature a kitchenette, spacious bathroom with shower and grab bars, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning units and an emergency alert system.

In terms of amenities, The Montclare at Lawndale will provide community areas, including a dining room, movie theater and fitness area.

Funding sources for the $27.7 million project include a loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, City of Chicago HOME Funds, a TIF grant, and an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant.

The community will operate through the Illinois Supportive Living program, which provides a residential alternative to nursing homes.

Construction of the community is being accomplished through a joint venture involving Safeway Construction, Brown Construction Co., and the Joseph J. Duffy Company.

When fully occupied, The Montclare will provide 55 to 60 full-time and part-time jobs, with annual payroll benefits projected to be $1.9 million.

The Montclare joins more than 40 other communities operated by Gardant Management Solutions, which is the largest assisted living provider in the State of Illinois and the 14th largest provider in the U.S.

In Chicago, Gardant also operates Beth Anne Place and Churchview Supportive Living.

Revera Breaks Ground on $40 Million Ontario Community

Revera, a Mississauga, Ontario-based owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector, broke ground last week on a new $40 million independent living retirement community in Ajax, Ontario.

Scheduled to open in 2017, Revera anticipates that the Ajax development will generate approximately 175 direct and indirect construction-related jobs during the building process, and will create approximately 30 full-time staff positions when the community is fully operational.

Once complete, the new retirement community will boast a range of amenities alongside its 132 independent living suites, including full kitchens, in-suite laundry and balconies.

The building will also include a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa, an outdoor exercise circuit and off-leash dog park, restaurant-style dining, including a full service bistro and pub, as well as underground parking and private on-site storage lockers.

As part of Revera’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the new community has been designed with sustainability in mind and is targeting LEED Silver certification.

Through Revera’s development pipeline, the company is evaluating $1.7 billion of new development opportunities across the Canadian senior living sector. The pipeline includes almost 40 active projects at varying stages of development, including 14 expansion projects, encompassing over 7,300 new suites.

Allegro Senior Living Breaks Ground on Tenth Community

St. Louis-based Allegro Senior Living recently announced the groundbreaking of its tenth senior living community in Fla.

The new community is located in the Winter Park and Casselberry area of Orlando, near the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and Howell Branch Road.

The Class A rental community will be situated on 17 acres along the shore of Lake Ann, a private lake in a residential neighborhood. In terms of units, the community will contain 158 units for independent living, assisted living and memory care with a total of 174,000-square-feet of resort-style living and amenities.

This “high-profile” site reflects Allegro’s approach to provide the best in resort-style living, from the community’s grand fountain entry with a three-story skylight atrium to the bistro and patio with views of the pool and Lake Ann.

Residents will have spacious floor plans to choose from, many featuring screened balconies and porches that view the lake and natural Florida landscape.

Allegro plans to evoke an intimate by Grand Florida Home Experience, with amenities for active seniors to live maintenance-free, the company stated in a release.

The property will include luxury accommodations, all day dining choices, including lakeside dining, a stadium-style theater, salon and spa, concierge services and 24-hour staffing.

An active social program and outdoor activities, including gardening, walking trail, dog walking, swimming, fishing and putting green are also included at the campus.

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Bessolo Design Group and St. Louis-based Directions in Design were selected to provide the architectural/engineering and interior design services for the new community.

Construction management firm WELBRO Building Corporation of Maitland, Fla., has worked closely with Allegro during the community’s design development stage.

Allegro anticipates the new community will open in the summer of 2017.

Ryan Companies Reaches Construction Milestone on $40 Million LCS, Harrison Street Project

Minneapolis-based national builder Ryan Companies US, Inc. recently reached a construction milestone on time by fully enclosing Clarendale of Algonquin, a $40 million senior living community located in Algonquin, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago.

Clarendale of Algonquin is one of three Clarendale senior living communities from developer-builder Ryan Companies and its project partners, Des Moines-based LCS and Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.

When completed, the community will include 76 independent living units, 56 assisted living units and 54 memory care units, with a variety of unit configurations based on the type of care.

Independent living units will include one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den and two-bedroom floor plans ranging from approximately 720-square-feet to 1,285-square-feet.

Assisted living and memory care units will include studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 310- to 835-square-feet.

Amenities include a movie theater and a crafts room, which will join other features such as a bistro, a pub and billiards room, a club room and library, living rooms with fireplaces, a vaulted multipurpose room, a wellness center with a full-service salon, a fitness room, a private patio and courtyard.

Clarendale of Algonquin is currently being constructed on a 9.7-acre site at 2001 W. Algonquin Rd. The property is located near “desired community amenities and services that are important to maintaining a level of connectedness that residents seek,” according to a release from the companies.

The community will be managed by Life Care Services. The architect for the project is PFB Architects of Chicago.

In addition to Clarendale of Algonquin, the other senior living communities created by the Ryan, LCS and Harrison Street team include Clarendale of Mokena, a 156-unit community that opened in fall 2015 in Mokena, Ill.; and Clarendale of Schererville, a 177-unit community now under construction and slated to open in spring 2017 in Schererville, Ind.

Construction: Completed

Construction Joint Venture Completes 40-Acre Fla. CCRC

A joint venture between Archer Western and DeAngelis Diamond Construction recently completed the construction of The Arlington of Naples Retirement Community, a CCRC for Ill.-based non-profit senior living provider Lutheran Life Communities.

Situated on a 40-acre setting in Naples, Fla., The Arlington consists of a six-story, 128-unit independent living apartment building and adjoining three-story health center. The community also includes 44 skilled nursing units, 42 assisted living units and 37 memory support units, as well as an additional 47 luxury villas.

The Arlington is located in the Lely Resort, a census-designated place that is part of the Naples-Marco Island metropolitan area. This setting provides The Arlington a multigenerational community with access to golf courses, tennis courts and other amenities, including a college and a regional library across the street from the CCRC property. A neighboring state-of-the-art hospital is also located nearby.

Archer Western is a member of The Walsh Group, Ltd., a 118-year-old family-owned company providing design, build, finance and operation services.

Established in 1996, DeAngelis Diamond Construction works with clients, architects and subcontractors throughout the State of Florida. Headquartered in Naples, the company also maintains offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota and Birmingham, Ala.

According to the joint venture partners, The Arlington is the first entirely new CCRC to be built in the Naples-Marco Island area in nearly 10 years.

Validus Senior Living Announces Grand Opening of Fla. Memory Care Community

Tampa, Fla. -based owner and operator Validus Senior Living this month announced the grand opening of its newest memory care community, Inspired Living at Bonita Springs.

Located at 27221 Bay Landing Drive in Bonita Springs, Fla., the new community consists of 72 memory care suites and features leading-edge technology, personalized memory care and assisted living services.

All memory care suites feature the latest resident location technology, an emergency call system and keyless door locks. Such technology will enable family members to participate and engage in the care of their resident loved ones regardless of distance, Validus stated in a release.

Community features and amenities are also designed to meet the needs and preferences of residents. Fresh, chef-prepared meals are served daily and feature healthy, gourmet selections. Flexible dining hours provide residents the opportunity for nourishment anytime throughout the day.

An expansive, secure courtyard at Inspired Living at Bonita Springs features a gazebo with butterfly garden, landscaped grounds with raised flower beds and vegetable beds, walking paths and seating areas.

Other services at the community include daily suite housekeeping and weekly suite deep cleaning, full laundry service and on-site therapy services. Licensed nursing is also available 24/7.

Validus Senior Living owns and operates a variety of senior living communities, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. The company is an affiliate of Validus Group, a private investment management firm that develops, owns and manages real estate related businesses. Validus Senior Living also provides property development, acquisition and management expertise.

East Ridge at Cutler Bay CCRC Opens $70 Million Health Center 

East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a life plan community in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, announced this week the opening of its new $70 million health center, Three Palms at East Ridge, which offers assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

Three Palms at East Ridge is the product of a collaboration between the CCRC’s sponsor and operator SantaFe Senior Living, alongside architectural firm AG Architecture of Wis., and interior designer Bridget Bohacz + Associates, Inc. of Glen Burnie, Md.

The new addition features 90 private assisted living apartments, including studio suites as well as one- and two-bedroom residences in Palm Court; 31 private memory care suites in Palm Lane; and 74 private skilled nursing rooms in Palm Terrace.

Within the assisted living component, which is located on the first floor of Three Palms, each residence is equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator and microwave. A specialized dining room is also located within the assisted living wing, as well as a private dining room for family gatherings and special occasions. Also featured is a creative arts studio with kitchen, a gathering room that is a living area/lounge and fitness center.

Skilled nursing accommodations and long-term care are located on the second and third floors of Three Palms at East Ridge. Each floor has its own living and activity areas, much like a single-family home’s great room. Country kitchens are also part of the skilled nursing “neighborhoods,” which offer the ability for residents to dine whenever they want and have their requests accommodated by caregivers.

Memory care residences are located within a secure wing on the first floor. Similar to the skilled nursing area, the memory care wing features living and dining areas called “neighborhoods” with a country kitchen as well as a private dining room.

Three Palms at East Ridge has also received LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The facility includes many sustainable building elements, including the use of low emitting materials such as carpeting and paint, as well as thermally efficient energy use and water efficiency.

Written by Jason Oliva

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