In the Pipeline: $140 Million Senior Living Tower, Koelsch Opens New Community

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Construction: Planned

Virginia Life Plan Community Updates Plans for $140 Million Expansion


Harbor’s Edge, a life plan community in Norfolk, Virginia, has released new plans for its $140 million “River Tower” expansion project.

As planned, the up-to-24-floor River Tower building will add 135 new units to the community and include dining venues and common areas designed by an architect who has worked with local hotels and restaurants. The community also partnered with architectural design firm Clark Nexsen and general contractor W.M. Jordan Company on the development project.

Harbor’s Edge is working on securing the remaining presales for River Tower. After that process ends, a 24-month construction period is set to begin, with the first apartments slated for arrival in late 2020.


Construction: In progress

HarborChase Community in Delaware Eyes Summer Opening

HarborChase of Wilmington, a new Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) senior living community in Wilmington, Delaware, is poised to open its doors as early as this summer.

The community will have 64 independent living and 32 memory care apartments, and come with amenities and services such as a beauty salon, 24-hour assistance, library, wellness center, cocktail lounges, transportation, housekeeping, concierge and multiple recreational rooms.

HarborChase of Wilmington is due to celebrate its grand opening with a party on Oct. 4.

Leisure Care to Open First Maryland Community

Leisure Care has plans to open its first senior living community in the state of Maryland.

Scheduled to open this winter, the community, dubbed “the Landing of Silver Spring,” will have 138 total units and amenities and services including onsite physical and occupational therapy, a “brain fitness” program, access to Leisure Care’s in-house travel agency, a bistro and scheduled transportation.

Connie Miller, a hospitality and senior living executive, will manage the community. If all goes according to plan, the Landing of Silver Spring will open this winter.

Construction: Complete.

Koelsch Opens Memory Care Community in Washington

Koelsch Communities recently opened Cedar Creek Memory Care in Edmonds, Washington.

The community has 60 apartments and is designed to serve up to 80 residents at a time. Cedar Creek’s amenities are a window into the past, and include a garage with an antique car, a great room made to look like a log cabin, and a space modeled after Julia Child’s baking kitchen. Other perks for residents include a salon, ice cream parlor, activities room and two dining halls.

JSK Design, Judy Koelsch’s design firm, handled the project’s interior design services. On the outside, Cedar Creek is meant to feel resemble a “wooded retreat,” with pine trees and an open-air interior courtyard.

The total project cost was roughly $17 million, with about $13 million in financing from Wells Fargo and the rest from private investors.

Springpoint Opens Rehab, Memory Care Community in New Jersey

Springpoint Senior Living has opened Village Point, a rehabilitation, memory care and long-term care community in Monroe, New Jersey.

The community, which has 120 private and semi-private beds is split into four neighborhoods, each with its own dining room and common areas. The community also has a dedicated physical therapy and rehabilitation gym for all its residents to use.

Village Point will also utilize Springpoint’s signature memory care program, “Connections: A Dementia Care Model of Excellence,” which is designed to instill in residents a sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency. Memory care residents will also have access to enclosed, secure outdoor spaces.

Virginia CCRC to Dedicate New Respite Area for Families

The Chesapeake, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Newport News, Virginia, is scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony on Aug. 11 for Cardinals Haven, a new private area for families to gather as their loved ones experience hospice, palliative or end-of-life care.

The space is outfitted with a desk, Wi-Fi, a recliner and sleeper sofa and a private outdoor patio. Jesse and Sue Hughes, two residents of The Chesapeake since 2011, provided funds for the Cardinals Haven space.

Other noteworthy projects:


— Hawthorn Retirement Group seeks to bring a 151-unit senior living development to the site of a former golf course in Billerica, Massachusetts.

— A new 50-unit senior living community is in the works in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

— Local officials in St. Paul, Minnesota, have given their blessing to a plan to turn a former school into a 165-unit senior living community.

— LCB Senior Living is moving forward with its plans to open a 96-unit senior living community Westport, Connecticut.

— A newly reached agreement and a court order have paved the way for Sunrise Senior Living to move forward with the construction of an 88-unit assisted living community in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

— A developer has plans to build a luxury senior housing project in White Plains, New York.

— The former “Nautilus Motor Inn” in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is slated to become an independent living community with 43 units.

— A health system is planning to open a new senior living campus in Shakopee, Minnesota.

— Maplewood Senior Living is teaming up with a hospital in the $100 million redevelopment of a former YMCA property in Norwalk, Connecticut.

In progress

Work is nearly done for a new 76-unit senior living community in Derby, Kansas.

— Bickford Senior Living has started to clear land for a 60-unit assisted living and memory care community Virginia Beach, Virginia.

— Construction has begun for a new memory care community with 48 units Spokane, Washington.

— A 98-unit senior living community is due to hold a “sign-the-beam” ceremony to celebrate its ongoing construction in Roanoke, Virginia.

Work is underway for a new senior living community from Legacy Living in Jasper, Indiana.

— A senior living provider seeks to build a new 140-unit community in South Fayette, Pennsylvania.


— A 71-bed memory care community has opened its doors in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Work has wrapped up for a new memory care community in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

— A CCRC in Bloomington, Illinois, is nearly ready to open a new skilled nursing center.

— A new $35 million senior living community has opened in College Station, Texas.

— An 80-unit assisted living community is the newest addition at a senior living campus in Rocky River, Ohio.

Written by Tim Regan

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