Construction: Planned

Senior Star to Expand Mo. Retirement Community

Senior Star is breaking ground on an addition to its Kansas City, Mo.-located Wexford Place to add new living units and expand available services.

The project includes the addition of 67 apartment homes as well as adding Alzheimer’s and dementia services with 24 memory care apartments. 

Purdum Construction, based in Overland Park, has been hired for pre-development and construction management services for the project, with Interior Design Associates, Inc., Schlagel and Associates, CFS Engineers, and Beery Rio Architects providing design services. 

The new addition to the campus, which already provides independent living, is scheduled to open a year from now. 

Development Fund to Buy Vacant Hospital for $2 Million, Plans Senior Housing Conversion

Hudson Valley Housing Development Fund, Inc. is planning to buy the former Highland Hospital/St. Francis Hospital in Beacon, N.Y. for $2 million, with plans to convert the vacant structure into senior living apartments, reports MidHudson News.

The city must first go through an approval process to acquire the former hospital, located in Wappinger Falls, N.Y., but already has the backing of the mayor. 

The Development Fund is planning to transform the building into a 68-unit senior apartment complex. Construction on renovations and upgrades are expected to take place in 2013, with an anticipated 2014 opening. 

Bernardon Haber Holloway Designs Senior Cottages for Community Expansion

Kennett Square, Pa.-based design firm Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects recently designed new cottages for the Kendal at Longwood Retirement Community expansion.

The cottages will have a variety of aging-in-place features, including windows that are easy to open, extra-wide garages so car doors can be fully opened, and walkways with gentle slopes. Other details include lever door handles rather than knobs; bathrooms wide enough to maneuver with wheelchairs or walkers; and blocking in the bathroom walks to enable the easy installation of grab bars. 

Other design features include sustainability measures such as drought-tolerant landscaping; geothermal heating and air conditioning systems; and a system to percolate stormwater back into the ground to recharge the aquifer. The 48 cottages are registered with the U.S. Green Building Council with goals of Gold and Silver certifications under the Council’s LEED program. 

Construction: In the Process

SCC Healthcare Group Breaks Ground on $10 Million Tex. Senior Care Facility

SCC Healthcare Group recently broke ground on a $10 million senior care facility in Odessa, Tex. 

The Madison Medical Resort will be a 43,000-square-foot care center offering post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing, and long-term care. 

It will feature hotel-style recovery suites, large, flat-screen televisions, and “resort-like” amenities. Various levels of physical, occupational, speech, ultrasound, electronic stimulation, wound, and IV therapy will be provided by rehabilitation professionals. Admission to The Madison will be initiated by a physician, hospital social worker, or discharge planner. 

SCC Healthcare Group will own and operate the development, which has a scheduled Summer 2013 opening.

Gary Holding Group Developing Ga. Senior Living Community

Gary Holding Group recently broke ground on a senior living community in Noble, Ga., reports the local Patch.com, expected to open in the fall of 2013. 

Noble Village will be an independent living community featuring 19 cottages intended for people aged 55 and older. There will also be services provided for assisted living or memory care residents. 

The development will feature amenities including a pet park, zero-entry heated pool, laundry service, post office, dining room, chapel, and several other dining areas.  

The Douglas Company Begins Renovations on Ohio Senior Community

The Douglas Company, a general contractor based in Toledo, Ohio, recently began extensive renovations on Bellefontaine Manor, an affordable senior housing community in Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

The $2.48 million renovation will take place in five resident buildings and one community center. A total of 40 units will get a “face-lift” consisting of upgraded appliances, barrier-free baths and kitchens, and efficient windows and exterior doors. 

Bellefontaine Manor is owned by Buckeye Community Twenty-Five, L.P. The renovation is expected to be completed by Feb. 2013.

Construction: Completed

Two Aviv REIT Assisted Living Communities Open in Connecticut

Aviv REIT, Inc. recently announced the opening of two new assisted living communities in Darien and Norwalk, Conn. The properties, which cost about $32 million to develop, are both triple-net leased to and operated by Maplewood Senior Living, who has an existing tenant relationship with the REIT. 

The Darien property has 66 units, and the Norwalk property has 84 units. Maplewood entered an initial lease term of 10 years with Aviv for both properties. 

$12 Million Affordable Senior Housing Community Opens in Ohio

The local Metropolitan Housing Authority recently opened a $12 million affordable senior housing community in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Reserve on South Martin offers 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments to those aged 55 and older with certain income levels. Residents won’t begin moving in until January, but the building is already nearly 100% leased, according to a spokesperson from the CMHA.

Property amenities include a walking trail, indoor community space, and washer/dryer hook-ups in each apartment.

Northland Development Corp. served as general contractor, with Berardi Partners providing architectural services. The project received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Neighborhood Stabilization program. 

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