Comstock's magazine 0119 - January 2019 - Page 52

n SENIOR LIVING mi, guitar, ballroom dancing, sushi-making, intro to Skype and yoga. The organization, Lam says, is about improving quality of life for older adults: “We are not just providing homes.” This emphasis on overall quality of life can be found in re- cently-opened or planned senior housing projects across the region that have built amenities that facilitate social interac- tion and activities into their designs. For example, The Park at Elk Grove will include a three-story, 135-unit independent living facility and eight single-story duplexes, along with a 65- room memory care facility. Shared amenities will include boc- ce ball courts, courtyards with fountains and fire pits, a beauty salon, theater, billiards room, putting green, walking paths and play structure for family visits. Construction has begun on The Landing at Elk Grove, which will consist of 48 memory care units, 107 assisted-living units and 50 independent-living units — amenities include a fitness center, salon, theater and card rooms, along with a dog park and bocce courts. In a departure from the past when senior housing com- plexes were often built in areas out of the way, developers to- day are building on sites close to services older people may want easy access to. Located close to The Park at Elk Grove, construction is underway on the City of Elk Grove’s new Civ- ic Center and Community Park, which will include a senior center, says Antonio Ablog, the city’s planning manager. Last fall, Costco opened nearby and another 200,000-square- foot of commercial development is planned in the immedi- 52 | January 2019 ate area, providing services to both The Park and Bruceville Point, another senior housing complex by Tenfold with 117 independent and assisted-living units, and 20 rooms for memory care, with an expected opening of late spring 2020. Another trend among all these new projects: These are units for rent in apartment-like complexes, not houses for sale in neighborhoods like what Del Webb, for instance, was building a decade or so ago. “The 55-plus demographic is increasingly opt- ing to rent rather than own their homes,” reported Senior Hous- ing News in a story on top trends of 2018. The story notes that between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters over the age of 55 increased 28 percent, which was the largest increase of any age group. “[T]hey are not all seeking out the modest ranches of a Del Webb-style retirement community, and filling their days with golf and card games. Many want to live within walking distance of shopping, cultural activities and health care, and in proximity to urban centers.” Just like Sacramento and Elk Grove, Roseville is proactively responding to the need for more senior housing, says Economic Development Director Laura Matteoli. “We can see that from 2007 to 2017, our senior population ages 55 and over has been growing, and we see a correspondence in the development ap- plications that are coming in that are responding to the need,” Matteoli says, adding that developers are attracted to Roseville in large part because of the abundance of services for seniors, particularly in terms of health care.