PHOENIX ― The Weitz Company has started construction for The Retreat at Alameda in Phoenix. The senior living facility, developed by Astoria Healthcare Properties, is the first senior living project for the Leawood, Kan.-based firm.
Located in northern Phoenix, the assisted living and memory care facility will be approximately 98,000 square feet with 72 apartments for assisted living and 38 memory care apartments in a separate, secure setting. The project broke ground on October 10.
“Adding senior living as a product type is a natural extension for us beyond outpatient surgical facilities and medical office buildings. Our expertise is developing healthcare facilities with the goal of providing higher quality care at a lower cost,” said John Foudray, Astoria Healthcare CEO.
Weitz will serve as the general contractor for Astoria. triARC Architecture & Design is the project’s architect.
“We are excited to have our shovels in the ground and look forward to delivering another senior living community in the Greater Phoenix area that will further expand this market’s assisted living and memory care options,” said Kimberly Davids, general manager of The Weitz Company.
Community amenities will include a full kitchen and private dining room with wood slat ceilings, contemporary café/pub, a theater, therapy room, fitness center, salon/barber, multi-activity room, lounge and outdoor courtyards. A looped walking path is connected to a central outdoor atrium, giving residents the opportunity to be outdoors. The entire facility will be steel-framed and have an emergency generator system.
The facility provides a fresh take on traditional senior living, focusing on the current generation of design-savvy seniors who appreciate a more contemporary aesthetic.
“The design story revolves around how different people approach the concept of ‘retreat,’” said Jon Hanna, triARC Design senior project manager. “Each space gives a different way to retreat; to wander, to contemplate, to be vibrant and to decompress.”
The Retreat at Alameda will be managed by Paradigm Senior Living, a national provider of management services to the senior housing industry. Paradigm has assisted in operation of more than 70 senior living communities, totaling 8,500-plus living units, valued at more than $1 billion.
Construction on the project is scheduled to be complete in March 2021.