In the Pipeline: Abby’s Louisiana CCRC; Leisure Care Holds Florida Opening

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Construction: Planned

Buckner Announces Plan to Renovate Texas Community


Buckner Retirement Services is set to start work soon on major campus renovations at its Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, Texas.

The planned renovations will include $8.4 million in changes, such as renovations to the community’s independent living apartments, its nursing building, road repairs and added curb appeal. Plans also call for the demolition of another nursing building, while maintaining an existing chapel, maintenance and laundry buildings.

The updates are part of a long-term campus repositioning, which included a new assisted living memory care building that opened in 2016.


Construction: In progress

Abby Development Breaks Ground on Louisiana CCRC

Senior housing developer, owner and operator Abby Development has broken ground on The Vincent (pictured above), a 255-unit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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The 20-acre campus will have independent living apartments and cottages alongside assisted living and memory care units. On the independent living side, floorplans include one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two- and three-bedroom cottages. Both unit types will have a private patio and balcony, full-sized washer and dryer connections and a full kitchen. Cottage units will also include a private two-car garage. Assisted living units, meanwhile, will include studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, each with full-sized refrigerators, microwaves and walk-in closets. The memory care wing will offer private and semi-private floorplans.

Amenities will include a stocked fishing lake, multiple landscaped courtyards with water features, walking trails, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a pharmacy and general store, beauty salons, libraries and a fitness center.

Capitol Seniors Housing Starts Work at New Jersey Active Living Community

Capitol Seniors Housing (CSH) has broken ground on the final addition to the master plan for Siena, an active living community in Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey.

The work will include a clubhouse and seven residential buildings with 119 luxury homes for lease. The new homes will have spacious floor plans with kitchens, laundry rooms and other amenities. Currently, Siena consists of five buildings with a total of 85 residences.

If all goes according to plan, the project will finish as early as mid-2019.

North Carolina Community Begins Renovations

Grace Ridge, a senior living community in Morganton, North Carolina, has begun a $15 million master renovation plan.

The plans include campus-wide improvements such as the addition of a medical clinic, spa and beauty salon and remodeling the health care wing and commercial kitchen. On the community’s fifth floor, updates include a new mountain terrain-inspired look for a lounge area. Additionally, the work will renovate several independent living cottages with new lighting, a built-in catering bar and new heating and cooling systems.

The work is set to wrap up in late 2019. Grace Ridge is working in collaboration with GMK Associates on the project.

REIT Breaks Ground on Expansion at ISL Community in Oregon

Strategic Student and Senior Housing Trust, Inc. (SSSHT), a public, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) sponsored by SmartStop Asset Management has broken ground on an expansion of Courtyard at Mt. Tabor, a senior housing community managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL) in Portland, Oregon.

The work will add a freestanding 23-unit memory care building to the community. The community, which was purchased by SSSHT in August, currently has 286 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Currently, SSSHT owns a portfolio of four senior housing communities and two student housing communities.

Construction: Complete

Leisure Care Announces New Florida Community

Leisure Care recently opened a new community in Lake Worth, Florida.

The community, the Landing of Lake Worth, has 79 assisted living and 55 memory care units. Perks and programming for residents include a signature fitness program, brain health program, a memory care initiative called Opal, language programs powered by Rosetta Stone and multiple dining options.

Leisure Care currently operates more than 40 retirement communities, with another 15 under development.

Discovery Celebrates Florida Addition with Oktoberfest Party

Discovery Senior Living recently toasted 36 new independent living apartment homes at its Discovery Village At Melbourne community in Melbourne, Florida. The provider on Oct. 25 held an Oktoberfest-themed party with beer, pretzels and brats to celebrate the addition.

The new homes include one- and two-bedroom layouts with fully equipped kitchens, wood-look plank flooring in the kitchen and living areas and washers and dryers.

Watercrest Opens in Florida

The city of Kissimmee, Florida, has a new 128-unit senior living community.

The community, Sage Park Assisted Living and Memory Care, was developed by Providence One Partners and is operated by Watercrest Senior Living. It’s now preparing to welcome residents, and recently held a ceremonial grand opening.

Williams and Company constructed the new property.

Montana Life Plan Community Adds More Independent Living

Immanuel Lutheran Communities, a life plan community in in Kalispell, Montana, is set to hold a grand opening celebration for the Villas at Buffalo Hill, an new expansion with independent living options and amenities.

The Villas is a multi-story, 58,000 square-foot building with 36 new residences alongside a fitness center with personal trainers, multiple dining venues, a heated indoor pool with a hot tub, exercise studio, salon and spa, an auditorium and chapel seating for 140 and underground parking and storage.

The project’s developer is ILC, and it was constructed by Swank Enterprises. MWW and CJMW Architects served as the project’s designers, while sales and marketing services are provided by Solutions Advisors, the marketing, advertising and sales division of Solutions Advisors Group. Additionally, Sawgrass Partners provided development advisory and financial planning services for the expansion.

California Community Completes Two-Year Expansion Effort

Work has wrapped up for a two-year expansion project at the Stoneridge Creek senior living community in Pleasanton, California.

The project added 12 new villas, 56 garden terrace homes, 83 apartment homes, a multi-use pavilion, a new dining venue and an outdoor heated lagoon-style pool.

Stoneridge Creek first opened its doors in 2013.

Arizona Memory Care Community Opens

Parkland Memory Care, a 72-bed memory care community in Chandler, Arizona, has opened its doors to residents.

The Tuscan-style building has high ceilings, large open areas with windows and skylights and such amenities as landscaped grounds, interior courtyards, activity rooms, a salon, outdoor gardens and walking paths.

The community was designed by Lenity Architecture. Financing for the $11 million project was provided by Live Oak Bank, Aileron Capital Management and Mercantile Capital Corporation.

Other noteworthy projects:


— A senior living project with 220 units is moving forward in Carrboro, North Carolina.

— A Granville, Ohio, senior living community is slated to add 28 independent living apartments to its campus.

In progress

Construction is now underway for a 101-unit senior living project in St. Paul, Minnesota.

— Work has begun for a 100-unit senior living community in DeLand, Florida.


— A new senior living community has introduced itself to the neighbors in Berryville, Virginia.

— A 243-unit active adult community has opened in a master-planned community in Allen, Texas.

— An 80-unit senior living community community is open for business in Farmington, Maine.

Written by Tim Regan

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