Type: Senior Rentals
Cost: $23.5 million
Developer: Southview Senior Living
Details: Construction is underway on a 153-unit senior housing project in Maple Grove's gravel mining area north of the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes lifestyle center.
The site of the project at the corner of Arbor Lakes Parkway and Lakeview Drive -- like much of the area, a former gravel mining pit -- was once slated to be part of a 198-acre mixed-density residential concept proposed by Opus Corp. But those 2003 plans have been dropped because of the residential real estate slump, and instead of town homes, the parcel is now hosting the Arbor Lakes Senior Living project.
The senior rental effort broke ground in December. It is being built by West St. Paul-based Southview Senior Living, a family-owned enterprise that also has facilities in the St. Paul suburb as well as in Inver Grove Heights. Company President Lance Lemieux, the third generation of his family involved in nursing home and senior housing business, says he jumped at the opportunity to build in Maple Grove.
"It's an attractive location in an established community," Lemieux said. "I approached the landowner, [gravel mining firm] Tiller Corporation, about doing a project there. I knew they were always interested in a senior housing element for their plans."
Lemieux said Southview did a market study for the area that revealed a significant unmet need for senior housing there.
"There's only one other seniors building in all of Maple Grove," he said. "Obviously, it's a market that is going to continue to improve in the foreseeable future."
The four-story Arbor Lakes facility will be on a 6-plus-acre parcel and will include 72 units of independent living housing, 57 assisted-living units and 24 "memory care" apartments. Amenities will include a large dining area, common areas, a library, a great room, fitness center and a theater.
Maple Grove officials say they see the project as the beginning of a planned "gateway" into the high-density residential components of the city's gravel mining area redevelopment efforts, and so were looking for eye-pleasing design elements such as the use of face brick, cast stone, stucco and composite siding.
Arbor Lakes Senior Living will also include 70 underground and 56 surface parking spaces. Southview has indicated it is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification based on the use of water infiltration techniques, native flora, a "green roof" and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
Don Jacobson, a freelance writer based in St. Paul, can be contacted at email@example.com.