More assisted living facilities coming to Tallahassee

(Photo: Vestcor Senior Living)

Residential housing options for senior citizens continue to sprout with the construction of two assisted living facilities.

Vestcor Senior Living, an upscale 118-unit, three-story development, recently broke ground in the Canopy master community at Welaunee. Vestcor is a $20-million community that will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care within a 140,000-square-foot facility.

It’s one piece of a much larger network of homes and amenities at Canopy. The master plan calls for roughly 900 homes and 300 apartments dotting an extension of Welauneee Boulevard that wanders through the tree-topped property. Developers also are building an office complex, a senior center, a school and a neighborhood center.

Several miles away, also on the city’s north side, a groundbreaking takes place Monday for the Villas at Killearn Lakes, a gated residential community for senior citizens. It’s located off Deerlake Road South in Killearn Lakes Plantation.

Villas at Killearn Lakes offers a 24-hour, person-directed model that combines assisted living and nursing environments. Nine "villas" will be built to mirror homes within an assisted living and memory care neighborhood on the Villas property, adjacent to Redemption Hill Church.

“The emphasis on ‘assisted living’ should be on the living part of that phrase. Life is a gift that is no less precious when we need a little help to live it to the fullest," Chris Mulrooney, a company partner and board chairman, said in a statement.

Homes at the Villas can house up to 12 people, who can use common areas such as the kitchen, dining and private spa areas. Trained personal care staffers, or “care partners,” will work the residents. The $10-million project is slated to open in early 2019.

Vestcor and the Villas are among a dozen proposed assisted living facilities in various stages of permitting, a major development report shows through the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality.

These facilities are becoming more common based on population forecasts showing a surge in residents, especially senior citizens, living in Florida by 2030. The Florida Chamber of Commerce predicts an extra 2 million residents ages 65 and older will be living in the state.

OEV population estimates show that by 2030 there should be about 320,900 residents in Leon County.

Contact TaMaryn Waters at tlwaters@tallahassee.com or follow @TaMarynWaters on Twitter.

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