In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (3/24/16)

(Sagewood, a Life Plan community in Phoenix, Ariz. – Photo courtesy of Lavidge public relations)

Construction: Planned

Certus Senior Living Plans $12 Million Fla. Memory Care Facility

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Certus Senior Living expects to break ground this summer on a new $12 million, 64-unit memory care community in Orlando, Fla., near Waterford Lakes, reports the Orlando Business Journal.

The development will sit on a five-acre site located at 11017 Lake Underhill Road in Orlando—a site Certus acquired to construct the 42,000-square-foot community, which it expects to open in spring 2017.

Project plans call for a building that features four separate wings, each containing 16 private suites and a central “main street” area replete with benches, patios and more for resident use.

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The project is estimated to create 245 temporary jobs, and once completed, another 60 permanent jobs.

Certus Senior Living has developed more than 1,500 senior housing units across 10 communities in Florida, Texas and Oklahoma—a portfolio which the company sold in April 2007.

The privately held developer/operator master leases the memory care communities it specializes in creating.

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Brookdale Plans Memory Care Expansion at Fla. Community 

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) is proposing to expand the memory care offerings at its senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., reports the South Florida Business Journal.

The Brentwood, Tenn.-based Brookdale recently filed an application with Palm Beach Gardens to build a 39-bed full-time memory care facility that will sit on a 7.7-acre site that is currently a parking lot on the existing facility’s 22.1-acre campus.

The proposed 27,600-square-foot addition will expand the Brookdale Palm Beach Gardens community, which currently has 306 beds—122 for assisted living and 184 for independent living.

Earl Swennson Associates is serving as the architect on the project alongside Ingram Civil Engineering Group.

The New Jewish Home Receives $150,000 Grant for LGBTQ Addition

The New Jewish Home, one of the nation’s largest non-profit geriatric care systems, recently received a capital grant of $150,000 from the Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc., which it plans to use toward the construction of a LGBTQ living space within a 20-story residence that Jewish Home is building in Manhattan, N.Y.

To be called The Living Center of Manhattan, the new residence will comprise 22 self-contained apartments of 12 residents each, and five floors of rehabilitation facilities. LGBTQ elders will have the option of living in the all-LGBTQ apartment, or in any other apartment within the high-rise.

The new building will be New York City’s first nursing care residence to operate according to the Green House model of eldercare, according to The New Jewish Home.

The New Jewish Home (formerly Jewish Home Lifecare) expects the new development to open in 2019.

To date, The New Jewish Home serves 12,000 older adults every year, in both elders’ own homes and on three of the organization’s campuses throughout short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing, low-income housing and a range of home health programs.

Construction: In process

Sagewood Expands Independent Living Residences

Sagewood, a “Life Plan” community—formerly dubbed continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)—in Phoenix, Ariz., is expanding its senior living community with new independent living residences, additional amenities and a larger health center.

Doubling in size, Sagewood’s Five-Star rated Acacia Health Center is nearing construction completion of its new wing, adding 40 skilled nursing beds, 20 memory care beds and an expanded rehabilitative therapy center.

With the health center’s opening this summer, Sagewood will also be adding security entrance gates at both entrances of the 80-acre community, along with four pickleball courts and two dog parks—also to be completed this summer.

Also part of the construction is The Estates, a neighborhood that will consist of 24 luxury single- and duplex-style casitas and villa homes, ranging from 1,926- to 3,174-square-feet.

Within the development of this neighborhood will also be a 15,000-square-foot multi-purpose event facility and a two-story, 44-suite assisted living building that will connect with Acacia Health Center. The planned construction start is slated for this summer.

In another component of Sagewood’s expansion, a 100-unity, four-story independent apartments building will also be built. These new apartment homes will include a café-style dining venue and an 18-hole putting course that will comprise the second phase for independent apartment living.

Already 30% reserved, the new apartment home community will begin construction upon reaching 70% reserved, Sagewood stated in a release.

Future Sagewood residents will have the choice of larger apartment homes, casitas and villas. All residences offer patios or balconies, with a one-time entrance payment starting at $397,000.

Located in the northeast Valley next to MIM, Sagewood is currently a 292-residence community featuring two clubhouses and an on-site health center.

Life Care Services and Westminster Funds are the joint-venture partners of Sagewood.

Spectrum Retirement Communities Underway on Luxury Ariz. Project

Construction is underway on The Enclave at ANTHEM Senior Living, a luxury senior living community that is currently being developed by Denver-based Spectrum Retirement Communities.

Slated to open in summer 2017, The Enclave at ANTHEM will be a 160,000-square-foot community located near Anthem Community Park in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The two-story community will offer 159 well-appointed residences ranging in size from studio apartments to two-bedroom units.

Services include independent living, assisted living, memory care and Spectrum’s unique Transitional Memory Care program, which supports seniors with mild cognitive impairment, while still offering a high level of independence.

The Enclave at ANTHEM is Spectrum’s fourth community in Arizona. To date, the company owns and operates 30 senior living communities in 12 states from New York to Oregon. Its staff of more than 2,000 employees oversees more than 3,500 apartments.

Celebrating its second decade of operations, Spectrum currently has seven communities under construction and will manage 4,372 senior apartment homes in 2016.

Greenbrier Senior Living Breaks Ground on $30 Million Ill. Assisted Living Project

Greenbrier Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last week to kick off a $30 million senior housing project.

Greenbrier of Prospect Heights will be a 101-unit assisted living and memory care community in Prospect Heights, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

Located on a five-acre site near the intersection of Elmhurst and Palatine roads, the new community will include a three-story, 69-unit assisted living facility, as well as a 32-unit building for memory care.

Residents of the assisted living facility will be able to choose from spacious one- and two-bedroom floor plans, all of which include in-unit laundry and eat-in kitchens with large islands.

Shared amenities include indoor and outdoor dining venues; an outdoor living room with fireplace and grill; resident gardens; an on-site theater; chapel; salon; and demonstration kitchen for chef presentations and resident cooking classes. Residents will also have access to a wellness suite, complete with physician offices and a therapy gym.

As health needs change, assisted living residents will be able to easily transition to the adjacent memory care facility. The building offers a secured environment with common areas designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, including indoor and outdoor gardens; an outdoor walking courtyard and indoor circular walkways.

Structurally, the memory care building will include three residential wings with clusters of private bedrooms surrounding a shared living room, family room, residential-style kitchen and dining room.

Greenbrier Senior Living is a division of Evergreen Real Estate Services, a Chicago-based firm that manages and owns more than 6,000 units of affordable and market-rate multifamily apartments for both seniors and families across eight states.

Upon completion of Greenbrier of Prospect Heights, Chicago-based Pathway Senior Living will manage the community.

Mainstreet Begins Construction of Phoenix Post-Acute Facility

Carmel, Ind.-based Mainstreet Property Group this week announced that construction is underway on a new post-acute care facility in Phoenix.

Mainstreet, which broke ground on the project in mid-February, will manage the new facility via its operating company Mainstreet Health—the first property the division will operate for parent company Mainstreet.

Located at 3000 N. 91st Ave. in Phoenix, the new facility boasts 94 private beds within a 67,697-square-foot structure providing both short-stay rehabilitation and assisted living.

As a post-acute center, the property will offer hospitality-oriented care with amenities such as a large therapy gym, an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard, a movie theatre, a game room, spa, on-site chef and more.

The project, which represents a total community investment of $21.9 million, is expected to bring approximately 300 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs at the property itself once it is completed by February 2017.

Gardant Breaks Ground on New Ill. Affordable Senior Housing Community

Bradley, Ill.-based operator and developer Gardant Management Solutions hosted a groundbreaking this week for a new, $18 million affordable assisted living community in Minooka, Ill.

Heritage Woods of Minooka will be a three-story building that will house 101 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each of these private accommodations will feature a kitchenette, spacious bathroom equipped with shower and grab bars, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning units, and an emergency alert system.

As for amenities, Heritage Woods of Minooka will also feature several community areas, including a dining room, fitness area and library.

The community, which will be located at 701 Heritage Woods Drive, is expected to open spring 2017. It joins more than 40 other communities operated by Gardant, which is the largest assisted living provider in the state of Illinois and the 14th largest senior housing provider in the U.S.

Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects PC, which has offices in Chicago and Champaign, Ill., is serving as the project’s architectural firm; while Forsyth, Ill.-based Horve Builders is the general contractor.

When fully occupied, Heritage Woods of Minooka is expected to provide 50-55 full-time and part-time jobs with annual payroll benefits projected to be nearly $1.5 million.

Senior Housing Management Breaks Ground on $17.5 Million Project

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Senior Housing Management announced this week that it has broken ground on a new independent living and memory care community in Galena, Ill.

Located adjacent to Midwest Medical Center in Galena, the new community is being constructed along with Prairie Ridge of Galena, LLC, a for-profit corporation with 26 local investors.

The Prairie Ridge of Galena community will feature 50 independent living apartments that will offer health care services for those who choose, and a 14-apartment memory care program.

Marty Johnson of Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. is the lead architect for the project. Conlon Construction and Galena Hillside Homes share contracting oversight.

Estimated costs for the project are $17.5 million, which will be financed through First Merit Bank.

Senior Housing Management anticipates the development will create 120 construction jobs, most with local labor, and 15-20 permanent positions in community operations.

Written by Jason Oliva

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