In the Pipeline: Watermark Opens Luxury Florida Communities; Sunrise Completes New Jersey Project 

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Construction: In Progress

LCS renovates community that was former school

Shipley Living, a senior living community managed by Life Care Services in Wilmington, Delaware, is undergoing renovations and remodeling.

The project includes updating and refreshing current spaces where seniors live. The community is a former school that closed in 1978. During renovation, a mural from the school was located.


Benchmark Senior Living renovates Massachusutts community

Evans Park at Newton Corner, a Benchmark Senior Living community in Newton Corner, Massachusetts, is undergoing a $13 million renovation.

The project will modernize the 30-year-old AL and MC community, creating more spaces for residents to connect and live in upgraded units as part of the reuse project of the historically significant building.

Renovations include a new casual bistro, renovated kitchen, emphasis on natural light and bringing the outdoors inside, a new salon, wellness suite, fitness center and recreation room.


As part of the project, units received upgraded kitchenettes with new appliances, appointed bathrooms, granite countertops, new flooring and lighting. The fourth-floor MC space will be expanded and bathrooms that can accommodate wheelchair access.

Clean, earth tones, including vibrant greens, rich browns and warm grays, will adorn all shared spaces and corridors, a release by Benchmark states.

Interior design was completed by Stefura Associates, with the overall design being completed by Bechtel Frank Erickson and construction by general contractor South Coast Improvement.

Evans Park at Newton Corner / Benchmark Senior Living
Evans Park at Newton Corner / Benchmark Senior Living

Chicago-area apartment project tops out

Evergreen Real Estate Group recently announced that the topping-off milestone in construction was recently reached for the Bellwood Senior Apartments.

The 80-unit affordable rental community in Bellwood, Illinois, a western Chicago suburb, is now pre-leasing units with move-ins slated for August.

The $30 million project replaces a former Walgreens with a four-story 73,228 square-foot residential building offering 76 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom IL units for those 62 and older with incomes at or below 60% of the area’s median.

The contemporary building features gray and black brick accented with offset vertical panels, roof overhangs and perforated metal panel screens.

All apartments feature full kitchens with appliances, accessible bathrooms, window treatments and intercom entry systems. Shared amenities include laundry rooms and community rooms, a fitness center and storage rooms.

Bellwood Senior Apartments
Bellwood Senior Apartments / Evergreen Real Estate Group

Construction: Completed

Sunrise Senior Living opens New Jersey community

Sunrise of Livingston, a new senior living community by Sunrise Senior Living in Livingston, New Jersey, recently opened.

The 80,000 square-foot, three-story community will offer AL and MC services to 120 residents. Suites and common areas are designed to support resident comfort and safety featuring custom finishes and an emergency response system.

The community also features custom-built furniture for residents, and the property received a WELL Health Safety Rating from the International WELL Building Institute.

The design is consistent with the local American Colonial style and residents have access to a bistro, lounge, entertainment room, activity room, common room and private dining room. Other amenities include a rooftop garden and salon. The community also has an indoor garden that will offer fresh herbs and leafy greens year-round.

Sunrise Senior Living operates more than 270 communities in the U.S. and Canada.

Liberty Senior Living Opens Luxury Community

Wellington Bay in Wellington, Florida, a senior living community by Liberty Senior Living in partnership with Zom Senior Living, is now open.

The community features 159 IL units and 124 AL and memory care units across a 40-acre campus with expansive grounds and trails.

Amenities include pickleball and bocce ball courts and a zero-entry outdoor pool, along with multiple dining venues while a 65,000 square-foot clubhouse includes an indoor pool, spa, library, movie theater, meditation room, cub room and more.

Wellington Bay / Zom Living
Wellington Bay / Liberty Senior Living

Erickson Senior Living Opens IL buildings after demand spikes

Avery Point, an Erickson Senior Living-managed community in Short Pump, Virginia announced the opening of two new IL buildings due to increased demand.

The additions to the community feature 203 new one luxury one and two-bedroom apartment homes with custom designs and various features including airy layouts with contemporary fixtures. Most floor plans include a patio or balcony.

Additionally, two more buildings, Boynton Place and Wilton Crossing, will open in 2024 and are in lease up. These new buildings bring additional amenities, including a new dining venue, art studio, multipurpose classroom and a woodshop.

All residents have access to resort-style amenities including a pool, fitness center, theater, salon, medical center, multiple restaurants, library, clubs, walking paths and more.

Avery Point first opened in October 2022 and will include a full buildout of 1,200 IL apartment homes and continuing care neighborhood with multiple levels.

MorningStar Senior Living, Confluent Senior Living open California community

The MorningStar of Mission Viejo, a community by MorningStar Senior Living, Confluent Senior Living and Concord Development Partners, is now complete.

The 132-unit community offers IL, AL and MC services. The project broke ground in March 2021 and was completed ahead of schedule. Units range between studio, one-and-two-bedroom layouts and 126 parking spaces.

The property features over 13,000 square-feet of outdoor space that includes a pool, dog run, resident garden and outdoor dining area. Other amenities include a fitness center and wellness center.

MorningStar operates 40 communities in 11 states. Confluent Senior Living, a national developer on senior living projects, is a subsidiary of Confluent Development.

Watermark, Zom Senior Living open two luxury Florida communities

The Watermark at West Palm Beach and The Watermark at Coral Gables, two luxury communities in South Florida by Watermark in partnership with Zom Senior Living.

The Watermark at West Palm Beach features 154 apartments and is the latest in the company’s luxury portfolio, the Elan Collection. The community spans over 250,000 square-feet and includes studio, one-and-two-bedroom units with four restaurants, rooftop pool and fifth floor garden.

The Watermark at Coral Gables, also part of the Elan Collection, spans over 256,000 square-feet and includes 50,000 square-feet of lifestyle-driven amenities with 198 apartment units, from studio to two bedroom layouts. The community includes a rooftop pool, two full bars and five restaurants.

Both communities are owned via a partnership with Zom Senior Living and Watermark Retirement communities. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Watermark manages 70 communities in 22 states. 

Other noteworthy projects

Construction: Planned

-The Grace Commons in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin plans an expansion project.

-Active adult community proposed for Wilton, Connecticut.

Construction: Completed

-The Wildcat Senior Living community in Summerville, South Carolina is now complete.

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