The Stillwater City Council this week unanimously approved a special use permit, planned unit development and preliminary plat for the city's first senior living project. The Lakes at Stillwater, a $72 million project, will be built on a 57-acre site overlooking the northern end of Long Lake near Rutherford Elementary School.

The project is a collaboration between a Minneapolis-based nonprofit called Intergenerational Living & Health Care Inc. (ILHC), which focuses on interactive programming that brings children and seniors together. ILHC will function as owner and operator, but it will work with the Goodman Group, which will be the developer and manager.

The Goodman Group is a senior living and health care management company based in Chaska. The Northland Real Estate Group, a Twin Cities-based commercial real estate investment and development company, will serve as co-developer.

Construction is expected to start this fall and is due to be completed at the end of 2018. It will be built in three phases starting with a 139-unit independent, assisted living and memory care community. A second phase will have 30 independent living villas. The third phase will have 70 apartments for active seniors. Amenities will include multiple dining venues, intergenerational programming and a wellness center.

Historic preservation awards announced

Several Twin Cities developers were recognized for their efforts to restore or rehabilitate historic buildings in Minneapolis. The 27th Annual Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards were announced last week by Preserve Minneapolis, AIA Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission during a gathering at the International Market Square.

Here are some of the key honors:

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse Project: The 700 Central apartments in northeast Minneapolis, and the Hewing Hotel in the North Loop neighborhood.

Best new addition to a historic building: TEA2's design for an Arts and Crafts-style house on Emerson Avenue S. and Rehkamp Larson Architect's work on the 1904 Charles Frederick Keyes house along Lake of the Isles Parkway in Minneapolis.

Grassroots advocacy and education: 4Word Homes and Design for its work on the restoration of three houses in north Minneapolis.

Robert M. Frame III received the Steve Murray Award "for his remarkable dedication and foremost expertise in Terminal Grain Elevators in the United States and for his continued passion for the preservation of Grain Elevators, especially throughout the state of Minnesota," according to the AIA.

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