In the Pipeline: California Mortuary Transformed into Senior Housing Units; Episcopal Communities Starts on New, $56M Project 

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Construction: In Progress

$25M renovation underway at Philadelphia community

The first phase of a $25 million renovation is underway at Fountain View at Logan Square, marking a major milestone for the luxury CCRC in the city’s Center City district.

The work will modernize the community and grow the offered amenities at the 24-story community. The planned project is expected to last three years and follows an ownership change and rebranding as Fountain View, formerly known as The Watermark.


Upgrades were made to hallways, corridors and apartments. The lobby will undergo renovations and an “imminent” top-to-bottom refresh of the main dining room will incorporate a display kitchen for cooking events.

New features will include an auditorium with space for live entertainment, a makers’ room, theater, piano bar and a sky lounge on the 24th floor. Planned health and wellness enhancements include a juice bar and fitness center with a sauna. The additions of a pool, outdoor deck, and pickleball courts are being explored, with approvals pending for some of the more complex changes to the building, a news release said.

Episcopal Communities and Services starts work on California community

Construction is underway at the MonteCedro senior living community in Altadena, California following a groundbreaking ceremony.


The $56 million villa-style buildings will range between two and three stories high and include four new residential buildings totaling over 101,000 square feet. The project will feature 40 IL units with a new terrace restaurant

Construction: Completed

Presbyterian Homes and Services dedicate community

Stair Crest, a senior living community in Muskego, Wisconsin, is officially open and offers a continuum of care.

That includes 80 IL, 20 AL and 20 memory care units. Stair Crest was built in a modern revival architectural design. A promenade entrance opens to a two-story foyer overlooking a landscaped outdoor terrace, gazebo and large pond. The campus also includes a putting green and Bocce Ball court.

Florida community to open

Wendover Housing Partners announced it was accepting applications for residents at Rochester Park, a new affordable senior living community opening in Brooksville, Florida.

The community is designed for residents 55 and older, with floor plans that feature full-size washer and dryer, kitchen island, emergency call system and walk-in closets. Community amenities include a theater room, fitness center, activity room with kitchen, computer room, library, community garden, dog walk, gazebo and an outdoor grilling area.

Former mortuary becomes affordable senior housing

A former mortuary and attached garage in Los Angeles, California is slated to become affordable senior housing units as part of a recently announced project. 

Called the Washington View Apartments, the complex’s preservation architect, Page & Turnbull adapted the two-plus story historic mortuary and garage into modern living spaces that incorporate designs from the mortuary’s Spanish Colonial revival-style, including a seismic upgrade and full ADA compliance, a news release said.

Designed by Meyer & Holler, the mortuary was designated as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1993 as an example of Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture.

Other noteworthy projects

Construction: Planned

-Dayton, Ohio to invest $500,000 towards affordable senior living project.

-Saint Louis County, Missouri is set to redevelop 5.8-acre property for 60 affordable senior living units.

-A senior living community is planned for northern San Antonio, Texas.

Construction: In Progress

Brinkmann Constructors breaks ground on its sixth building at Tallgrass Creek, a senior living community in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

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