In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (4/28/16)

(Rendering of Solana Mount Pleasant, an independent, assisted living and memory care community being developed by Formation Development Group in Mount Pleasant, S.C.)

Construction: Planned

Formation Development Group Obtains Zoning for S.C. Project

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Formation Development Group, an Atlanta-based senior living developer and investor, has obtained zoning approval for a new senior housing community in Mount Pleasant, S.C., a suburb of Charleston.

Final design work is currently underway and construction will commence later this year, Formation announced in a press release this week.

The Solana Mount Pleasant will be FDG’s first project in the Charleston market in 15 years.

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The 168-unit rental project will offer a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care, along with a variety of interior and exterior amenity spaces.

The Solana will be a three-story structure on an 11-acre site on Long Point Road, just west of I-526.

Project plans call for several free-standing cottages for seniors looking for more living space and a private garage.

A main building will feature multiple dining venues including a restaurant, wine bar, club room and cafe, along with elaborate wellness amenities including an indoor pool, fitness center and on-site physical therapy, multiple landscaped courtyards and a variety of activity spaces, such as an art studio, theater and salon.

The Solana Mount Pleasant will represent the latest of FDG’s best practices in programming and design, following up on the successful and well-received Solana independent living communities in Katy, Texas; Germantown, Tenn.; and Deer Park, Ill.

Orlando Senior Health Network Secures $39 Million Loan to Fuel Expansion Project

Having recently secured a $39 million from SunTrust Bank, Orlando Senior Health Network will soon embark on an expansion and renovation of Orlando Lutheran Towers, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Orlando, Fla.

The deal will fund the addition of 33 new skilled nursing beds and 45 new full-time employees, as well as improvements to the building’s current facilities.

Orlando Lutheran Towers offers independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing beds. Residents enjoy cleaning and transportation services, in addition to a holistic wellness program, massage therapy, social and educational events.

The $39 million deal with SunTrust includes funds for capital improvements and refinancing of existing debt.

Renovations are scheduled to begin this summer, with the project completion expected in 2018, according to Orlando Senior Health Network.

Buckner Retirement Services to Begin $30 Million Expansion Next Month

On May 2, not-for-profit Buckner Retirement Services will begin construction on a $29.8 million expansion and renovation at its Buckner Villas CCRC in Austin, Texas, the company announced this week.

The 122,331-square-foot expansion and 16,010-square-foot remodel will expand housing and amenities offered at the community, as well as renovate the existing common areas to cater to both current and future residents’ needs.

The expansion and renovation will add 69 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes and 70 underground parking spaces.

In addition, it will include an overhaul of the common areas by enlarging the dining room, extending the bistro, adding a theater, broadening the salon and the spa, building a larger meeting space, as well as refreshing décor and interior design throughout.

Both expansion and renovations are expected to be completed in December 2017, according to Buckner.

For the project, Buckner Villas partnered with Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors; Barbara J. Vessels Interiors, Inc.; and architectural firm D2 Architecture.

Construction: In process

Dominion Senior Living Breaks Ground on $8 Million Ky. Community

Dominion Senior Living held a groundbreaking ceremony this week to mark the start of construction of an $8 million faith-based senior living community in Richmond, Ky.

Dominion Senior Living of Richmond will be a 50,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care community providing care for up to 84 residents.

The community will focus on all aspects of residents’ and employees’ wellness, with both therapy and wellness programs available for everyone to use.

Also featured will be sensory gardens designed to engage residents living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These visually-stimulating gardens aim to encourage touch and interaction with soil and plants, with all vegetation safe for ingestion.

Dominion Senior Living of Richmond is expected to open in early 2017.

Cardinal Ventures, CR Properties Developing The Blake at The Grove in La. 

Miss.-based CR Properties and Cardinal Ventures joined to develop The Blake at The Grove, which has recently broken ground in Baton Rouge, La.

The community will offer independent, assisted living and memory care  within the a vibrant 118-acre Grove traditional neighborhood development.

The 111 independent living and 67 assisted living floor plan options include two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio suites. An adjoining memory care facility will feature an additional 35 suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment.

Both residents and their families will be able to enjoy the mixed-use community built in a convenient village center theme, and will have easy access to its specialty shops and retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, a full-service hotel, as well as the premier medical hub of Baton Rouge.

In addition to its own landscaped seating, courtyards and outdoor dining areas, The Blake at The Grove will be surrounded by the Wards-Dawson Creek Park Pathway, with an 8 mile multi-use trail for outdoor recreation.

Over 44 acres of The Grove will be dedicated to parks, pathways and lush creek-side landscaping.

Additional amenities at The Blake at The Grove include upscale restaurant-style dining experiences with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors.

Other amenities provided by the concierge-style approach of The Blake include housekeeping and scheduled transportation services, a swimming pool and indoor spa, media and card rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio, an onsite chapel, full-service salon, and the Blake’s signature Active Living program.

Blake Management Group will operate the community upon its completion in the summer of 2017.

Erickson Living Celebrates ‘Topping Off’ Party for $30 Million Md. CCRC Expansion

Last week, Erickson Living held a “topping off” party for Caton Woods, the $30 million continuing care neighborhood at its Charlestown CCRC in Catonsville, Md.

In building construction, “topping off” is a builder’s rite traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure.

When the new expansion opens in October, it will provide 104 assisted living units as follows: 24 studio apartments, four companion suites, 44 one-bedroom apartments, 24 one-bedroom deluxe apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments.

For amenities, Caton Woods will feature a music room, craft room, movie theater, salon, family dining room, living room, sunroom, wellness center, rehabilitation gym, billiards and a library. Additionally, a patio with a gazebo and a first floor rooftop patio will also be featured.

Whiting Turner is serving as the contractor and Hord Coplan Macht is the architect for the project.

Construction: Completed

Atrium Health & Senior Living Opens Post-Acute Care Center in Woodbury, N.J.

Atrium Health & Senior Living, a health care provider for residents and patients at every stage of senior life, this week announced its newest facility to open in Woodbury, N.J.

With the addition of Atrium Post Acute Care of Woodbury, Atrium now operates 44 post-acute care centers and senior living communities with over 2,600 residents and patients in Michigan, N.J. and Wisconsin.

The post-actue care center can provide care for up to 124 patients, and Atrium ultimately expects to develop an assisted living and memory care community on the 40-acre Woodbury campus.

Atrium Post Acute Care of Woodbury boasts a variety of premium features, such as best-in-class rehabilitation equipment, including a HyrdoWorx 1200 Aquatic Therapy Pool, and AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill and Accelerated Care Plus programs and technologies.

Private rooms are equipped with a personal TV and a mini-fridge, Wi-Fi, high-quality air purification, warm lighting, hypoallergenic bedding and blackout shades. The center also features a movie theatre, bistro and pub.

Atrium Health & Senior Living provides post-acute care centers and senior living communities offering post-acute care and rehabilitation, long-term care and memory care in Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

Since December 2015, Atrium has grown by more than 20%, aided in part by the company’s acquisition of 10 centers and communities in Wisconsin.

LCB Senior Living Opens The Residence Five Corners in Easton, Mass.

Norwood, Mass.-based LCB Senior Living earlier this month celebrated the grand opening of a new community in Easton, Mass.

Owned and operated by LCB, The Residence Five Corners includes 84 independent, assisted living and memory care apartments.

Independent living residents will enjoy their own apartments featuring kitchenettes and baths, along with the peace of mind of 24-hour security, three gourmet meals prepared and served restaurant-style on-site, along with a host of optional services.

Assisted living residents will also be able to enjoy the same amenities and living features as independent living residents, along with assistance with activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, medication reminders and other services.

The community also includes LCB’s Reflections Memory Care services for residents with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. In addition to more sophisticated programming and a range of daily services, Reflections is a secure environment with its own common areas, walking courtyard and other amenities.

All programming was developed in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

LCB Senior Living was founded in 2010 by the management team of the former Newton Senior Living, LLC. The company currently operates 16 communities in four New England states, and is in the process of developing others.

Harbour’s Edge CCRC Opens Newly Renovated Dining Venues

Harbour’s Edge, a CCRC owned and operated by Lifespace Communities in Delray Beach, Fla., recently finished its expansion and redevelopment project, which saw the completion of newly added dining venues and remodeled restaurant-style amenities.

The additions are part of a $20 million project designed to enhance community features to best serve the surrounding area’s senior population.

Dining renovations include the creation of three distinct venues that can seat a combined total of 250 people.

The new Edgewater Dining Room is a more casual venue, with two levels of waterfront views on the Intracoastal and a patio for outdoor seating.

A new formal fining room features a steakhouse and grill ambiance, as well as an exhibition kitchen and wine bar to augment dining as a special event.

The CCRC’s newest private dining room also features waterfront views.

The final renovation phase is scheduled to be completed later this year and features the construction of a new Lifelong Learning Center, which includes a media center, library and performing arts center.

Harbour’s Edge has also finished large-scale renovations to the fitness and wellness areas and are completely upgrading the interior design throughout the main common areas.

CC Hodgson Architectural Group is the designer for the project, and Plaza Construction is the contractor.

Wichita Presbyterian Manor CCRC Celebrates Completion of $35 Million Expansion

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA) has put the finishing touches on its $35 million campus transformation project, Wichita Presbyterian Manor located in Wichita, Kan.

The first phase of construction included modern assisted living apartments, 24 assisted icing memory care suites, 30 skilled nursing suites, 20 private PATH (Post-Acute to Home) rehabilitation rooms, and common spaces that include a main kitchen, bistro, library, beauty salon and barbershop.

The second construction phase included the addition of The Westerly Residences, a new building that features 90 independent living apartments and an array of amenities, including an indoor aquatic and wellness center, bistro, library, a beauty salon and barbershop.

Construction on the project phases began in early and late 2014, respectively.

Wichita Presbyterian Manor is owned and operated by PMMA, a not-for-profit, faith-based organization comprising 18 affiliated senior living communities in Missouri and Kansas.

Written by Jason Oliva

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