Maple Grove to add new senior living community to the city

The city of Maple Grove has chosen SilverCrest Properties, LLC and Ryan Companies US, Inc. to purchase city-owned land to co-develop a new Senior Living Community. Phase one of the two-phase development is a $34 million campus situated on 9 acres at the intersection of Weaver Lake Road and Main Street in Maple Grove.

The Maple Grove City Council also directed the city attorney to draft a resolution approving the planned unit development concept and development stage plan, including all site plan components of SilverCrest Senior Community, subject to several conditions at its Monday, July 15 meeting.

The 260,000-square-foot, four-story building will accommodate 182 apartment units and offer a mix of independent living (102 units), assisted living (32 units) and memory care (48 units). Purchase agreements have been signed with the city and land-use approvals applications have been submitted. Construction on phase one is scheduled to begin in September. Eventually, with a second phase the applicant proposed to have a total of 360 units.

Access to the property would be from two locations off of 82nd Avenue N.  The first would be at the intersection with 82nd Avenue N. and Oakview Lane N. The second would be further to the east where there is currently a one-way portion of 82nd Avenue N.

The building would be constructed out of brick, stone, glass and cement fiberboard on the siding with asphalt and metal roofing elements. There would also be spires at the tips of towers that frame the corners of the building.

One of the unique features of the proposed future senior community is its focus on health and wellness. A 10,000-square-foot Health and Fitness Center is proposed in the building. Some of the wellness resources include state-of-art fitness stations specifically designed for older adults, an aquatic pool, and on-site, qualified staff who will develop individualized fitness programs designed to help each resident achieve their personal fitness goals and maintain their independence. This center would primarily be utilized by the residents of SilverCrest, but it would be open on a limited basis to Maple Grove resident 55 and older.

The applicant and SilverCrest President Michael Gould said, “We extend those [fitness] memberships to seniors within the community and we always fill up those memberships.”

Other services include a partnership with a health care provider and an on-site therapy provider.

Amenities for the project include an elegant dining room, performance room with stage and large screen TV, card room, gaming room, chapel, salon with barber shop, bistro, general store, library, theater and a club room for social gatherings and happy hour. The bistro would also be open to the public.

Councilor Leann Sargent asked what the price ranges would be for the units. Gould said there were no firm rent prices at this time, but the units would be priced competitively with units in the surrounding area.

Councilor Phil Leith asked if the units would be for people 55 and up or 62 and up. Gould said typically their units sell to persons 75 and older.

Councilor Karen Jaeger asked if there would be three meals provided to residents. Gould said, “Yes. In our assisted living and memory care program, they are served three meals a day. In our independent living, they can purchase those as well as and [a certain amount] of meals a month that will be dinners for them.”

The Maple Grove project will be SilverCrest’s sixth Twin Cities senior community. Others include the nationally-recognized Summit Place in Eden Prairie, Parkshore Senior Campus in St. Louis Park, Village Shores Senior Community in Richfield, Brightondale Senior Campus in New Brighton, and Kingsley Shores in Lakeville.

“SilverCrest and Ryan are great partners who will deliver a top quality project that adds to Maple Grove’s economic growth and quality of life,” said Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen.

The project means a substantial increase in Maple Grove’s tax base, in addition to the commerce the development will create once completed. Ryan anticipates the project will create 100 full-time equivalent construction jobs with SilverCrest estimating a total of 75 full-time equivalent positions once the Senior Living Community is open.

“We’ve been working on this project with the city of Maple Grove for a number of years and are thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said Gould.

The architectural design team on the project is Harriss Architects and Pfister & Associates.