In the Pipeline: Big Rock’s $125 Million Island Project, Watermark Opens in Florida

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Construction: Planned

Kiawah, Big Rock Partners Planning South Carolina Senior Living Project


Developer Kiawah Partners has teamed up with real estate investment management and development firm Big Rock Partners to build a senior living rental community on Kiawah Island, a 10,000-acre barrier island in South Carolina.

The planned 200-unit community would have club residences for independent living, assisted living units and memory care units. Estimated to cost about $125 million, the community will occupy land next to Freshfields Village, a town-center style development with shopping, dining and businesses. Amenities include its own movie theater, multiple pools, a fitness facility with a yoga studio and multiple food and beverage options for residents.

If all goes according to plan, workers would break ground on the community in the fourth quarter of this year. Project partners include the architects at LS3P, landscape architects at SGA Architecture, general contractor Balfour Beatty and the Kiawah Partners design and development team.


The community is currently slated to wrap up construction in early 2020.

Assisted Living, Memory Care Community Planned in Nevada

Construction is scheduled to begin next month on an $8 million assisted living and memory care community in Mesquite, Nevada.

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The Mission Senior Living community, Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, will have 78 assisted living and memory care apartment homes. Floor plans for assisted living include studio, one- and two- bedroom options, while the memory care side will have private and semi-private studio apartments.

Amenities include a bistro and coffee nook, movie theater, concierge, barber shop, beauty salon, wellness center and a private office for visiting doctors. The community will also have enclosed outdoor courtyards with raised garden boxes and seating areas for residents.

Project partners include Pinnacle Architects, PA, and MSL Construction. If all goes according to plan, the community will open in the summer of 2019.

Construction: In progress

Work Starts for Tradition Senior Living Community in Houston

Tradition Senior Living has broken ground on The Tradition-Woodway, a 314-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Houston.

The 23-story, high-rise rental community will come with resort-style amenities such valet parking, lounges and card rooms, a movie theater and an indoor golf simulator, a secure parking garage, multiple dining venues, a dog park, putting green. The community will also have an indoor pool, a weight room, a Pilates room, and a physical therapy center with an underwater treadmill.

Jackson & Ryan Architects and D.E. Harvey Builders are serving as the architect and general contractor, respectively. The Tradition-Woodway is scheduled to open in April, 2020.

Construction Begins on Florida Community

Guest Services Senior Living, along with its partners, broke ground for The Pineapple House at Sapphire Lakes, a senior living community in Naples, Florida.

The 127-unit assisted living and memory care community will offer an open-air courtyard, a wellness center with fitness and massage areas, a hydrotherapy room, a beauty salon, swimming pool, theater room, library, chapel and crafts room. The community will also have an on-site medical director, chef-inspired menus and culinary programs, a life-enrichment director and other services.

GATES Construction is building the community, which is set for a fall, 2019, grand opening.

Construction: Complete

Watermark Property Opens in Florida

Watermark Retirement Communities has opened The Watermark at Vistawilla, an assisted living and memory care community in Winter Park, Florida. The community, which first started coming together in 2016, will welcome residents over the next several weeks.

The community has 87 apartments, with amenities that include gardens and nature paths, a cafe, game room, movie theater, beauty salon and barbershop. The community will offer Watermark’s signature Thrive Dining dining program, which transforms meals such as beef stroganoff and chicken piccata into handheld portions that can more easily be eaten by older adults with physical or cognitive challenges.

The community will also have fitness and educational programming through dozens of Watermark University classes.

Five Star Completes Significant Renovations in Ohio

Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE) has wrapped up an “extensive renovation” at The Forum at Knightsbridge, an independent living, assisted living, memory care and rehab community in Columbus, Ohio.

Specifically, this project included the addition of a “Rehab to Home” unit. Rehab to Home is Five Star’s short-term rehabilitation brand, and includes hotel-like perks for residents such as private suites, concierge services, high-speed Wi-Fi and menus inspired by the provider’s dining program.

Buckner Community in Texas Cuts Ribbon on Expansion

Buckner Villas, a Buckner Retirement Services community in Austin, Texas, hosted a ribbon cutting on a $29 million independent living expansion.

The expansion and renovation project added 69 apartment homes and 70 underground parking spaces. Workers also upgraded the community’s common areas by enlarging the dining room, extending the bistro, adding a theater, broadening the salon and the spa, construction a new meeting space and updating decor and design throughout the building.

Buckner Villas was first acquired by Buckner Retirement Services in 1970.

Florida Life Care Community Opens Expansion

La Posada, a life care community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has completed a $35 million expansion and renovation project.

The project added a new four-story building dubbed “Mallorca” with 54 apartment homes equipped with full kitchens, washers and dryers and balconies. Newly added amenities include a restaurant, pub, salon and spa, fitness space and indoor and outdoor common areas.

The community also renovated its clubhouse and added a new, freestanding wellness center with locker rooms and a workout space. Other new features include a bar and lounge area with a space for Wii bowling competitions and an expanded walking path that loops around the entire campus.

Dominium to Hold Grand Opening for Affordable Community in Minnesota

Dominium on July 26 will hold a grand opening for The Legends of Apple Valley, a 163-units of affordable senior housing community in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

Each apartment home at The Legends of Apple Valley has nine-foot ceilings and full-size washer and dryers. Other amenities include a heated underground parking garage, a fitness center, a community room with fireplaces and a full kitchen, a theater room and a beauty studio.

Other noteworthy projects:


— Land currently owned by a Methodist church in Burnsville, Minnesota, could one day house a 100-unit active adult apartment complex.

— Belmont Senior Living seeks to build a four-story assisted living and memory care building on the site of a former school bus yard in San Jose, California.

— A nonprofit is now one step closer to building a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Great Bend, Kansas.

— About 100 new duplex homes for seniors are in the works in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

— Carlton Senior Living plans to open a 156-unit assisted living and memory care community in Vallejo, California.

— A recent $1.8 million land deal could help pave the way for a new senior living community in Bridgeport, West Virginia.

— Plans for a 90-unit affordable senior community in Fremont, California, got a boost from a recent $6 million loan.

— The city of Wellington, Florida, is set to get the surrounding county’s first memory care community.

— A senior living community with 40 units is moving closer to fruition in Wexford County, Michigan.

In progress

— Non-profit senior living provider LifeSpire of Virginia has started work on a 20-unit memory care expansion at its CCRC in Daleville, Virginia.

— Construction has begun for a 99-unit senior living community in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

— Oppidan Investment has started work on The Pillars of Prospect Park, an $85 million, 283-unit senior living community in Minneapolis.

— Construction crews are hard at work building a new 74-unit assisted living and memory care community in Danville, Iillinois.

— A senior living community in Milledgeville, Georgia, has plans to add 33 new assisted living units.


— A new 79-unit senior living community from Arcadia Senior Living has opened in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Written by Tim Regan