In the Pipeline: Brookdale Expands Phoenix Community; Utah’s First Life Plan Concept

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Construction: Planned

Planned Ryan Cos. Master Plan Project May Include Senior Housing


Ryan Companies has presented its vision for a 122-acre master planned community in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with some potential for senior living development.

The national developer, architect and builder unveiled its concept for the City of Saint Paul’s Ford Site Master Plan in a neighborhood presentation earlier this week. Included in the plans is space for private development, including senior living, retail, offices, health care facilities and a range of residential offerings. The project would also include a central water feature, green space, a new grid road system and pedestrian and bike trails.

Ryan is due to submit its master plan and zoning amendment requests to the Saint Paul City Council for master site plan approval. Infrastructure work is expected to begin the in the fall of 2019.


Construction: In progress

Lutheran Senior Services Starts $70 Million Expansion in St. Louis

Lutheran Senior Services has started a planned expansion at its Mason Pointe senior living community (pictured above) in Town and Country, a western suburb of St. Louis.

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As planned, the new project will add 156 independent living apartments and new amenities including multiple dining venues, a media room, a wellness center with pool, theater, game room, chapel, art studio, health clinic and places to meet.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up in the summer of 2020. A formal groundbreaking event is set for Nov. 7. Nearly half of the community’s apartments have already been reserved with financial commitments.

BSI Constructors is the project’s general contractor, and the architect is Grubbs and Associates.

Work Starts for New Residences at Meadwood Community in Pennsylvania

Meadowood Senior Living, a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Worcester, Pennsylvania, broke ground on The Grove, a $30 million expansion project.

Plans call for 52 new independent living residences within four buildings on campus. The project will be completed in two phases of two new buildings. The buildings will contain 13 apartment homes each, with residences that range from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet.

The project’s first phase is set to finish in the fall of 2019, and Meadowood plans to complete the full project in the beginning of 2020.

Construction: Complete

Utah’s First Life Plan Community Welcomes Residents

Summit Vista, Utah’s first life plan community, welcomed its first residents earlier this week.

As outlined earlier this year, the roughly $400 million community will occupy 100 acres in the city of Taylorsville, and is entitled for up to 1,600 independent living units and 300 beds for assisted living, memory care, nursing care and short-term rehab. Planned amenities include a 62,000-square-foot clubhouse, three restaurants, a marketplace and cafe, lap pool, fitness center, classroom and arts studio, beauty salon and spa, billiards and games room and outdoor recreational options.

Summit Vista also is contracting with businesses such as Intermountain Healthcare and Zions Bank to provide a variety of onsite services.

Brookdale Wraps Up Memory Care Expansion at Phoenix Community

Brookdale Senior Living has announced a successful $2.5 million expansion at its Brookdale Desert Ridge community in Phoenix.

Specifically, the senior living community expanded its dementia care services and added 20 memory care apartments. The community uses Brookdale’s person-centered Clare Bridge program, which focuses on meaningful and purposeful daily lives for older adults living with dementia.

Brookdale manages approximately 520 memory care communities nationwide.

Wingate Opens Memory Care, Assisted Living Community at Massachusetts CCRC

Wingate Healthcare has opened Wingate Residences at Haverhill, an assisted living and memory care assisted living community located on a CCRC campus in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The community has 64 assisted living apartments, as well as Wingate Healthcare’s memory care program, The Neighborhood. Amenities and services at the new community include chef-prepared meals, a theater, bistro and roof deck, courtyard with a cooking center and fire pit, a butterfly garden and walking paths.

The community’s memory care services include art, music, cooking and pet therapies, intergenerational programming, brain games and a sensory-based relaxation program called Namaste Care.

Other noteworthy projects:


— A developer has put forth plans for a new senior living community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

— A CCRC in Lenexa, Kansas, has plans to add eight new villa residences.

— A CCRC in Enid, Oklahoma, has plans to buy an adjacent parcel of land owned by a church in order to possibly expand in the future.

— A high-rise senior living community in Denver is looking to expand by building a new four-story tower on top of land that currently houses a parking lot.

— Plans are steadily advancing for a 255-unit senior living community by 2020 in Lafayette, Louisiana.

— Local officials are weighing approval for a 132-unit senior living community in Norfolk, Virginia.

In progress

— Senior Lifestyle Corp. is making headway on its forthcoming $168 million, 287-unit senior living community in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

— A 55+ community with 202 units is coming together in Gilbert, Arizona.

— A Belmont Village Senior Living community is expected to open in Laguna Beach, California, early next year.

— Heartland Senior Living has started work for two new senior living buildings in Winnebago and Welles, Minnesota.


Work has wrapped up for a $73 million, 79-unit expansion at a Friendship Village CCRC in Dublin, Ohio.

— A new senior living community will soon open its doors in Mound, Minnesota.

Written by Tim Regan

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