The Woodlands at Furman Community Village Exterior

Greenville-Area Retirement Community Completes Major Expansion

Greenville, South Carolina  – The residents of The Woodlands at Furman have watched construction of the 13,000-square-foot Community Village for months and now they can use it every day. To say they are excited would be an understatement.

The locally-owned, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, located adjacent to Furman University and close to downtown Greenville, invested about $4.5 million on the new building. Features include a wellness center with state-of-the-art pneumatic and cardio equipment, therapy pool, massage room, day spa, gym, locker rooms, a multi-purpose room that can be broken down into two spaces for simultaneous events, activities and exercise classes equipped with audio and visual equipment.

“The Community Village reminds me of a town square – providing a hub for activities ranging from lectures to exercise classes to spa services,” said Mary Lou Merkt, president and CEO at The Woodlands at Furman. “The Woodlands Board and Senior Leadership Team are delighted to open the new Community Village for our residents to enjoy.”

The Community Village was a team effort. Residents, team members, an interior designer as well as a senior exercise physiologist from The Cliffs were asked for input about the exercise equipment and the overall functionality and look of the new building.

“They just did a great job,” said Tom Dowell, resident and Resident Council member. “It’s a beautiful space and the new exercise machines are state-of-the-art. They looked at other centers, asked our opinion and it’s a very attractive building. We knew it would be, but ‘Wow’ is it impressive.”

Dowell said his wife Judy enjoys fitness classes and other activities the Community Village offers. It’s just a walk down the hall from their home and very convenient.

The Cliffs’ Vance Ferrigno said he assisted with recommending spacing for the equipment, advised on purchasing and to establish a functional movement pattern for the residents.  He visited The Woodlands at Furman recently to see the completed project and said he was “blown away” at beauty of it. “They did a phenomenal job.”

Ezra Hall, lifestyles director at The Woodlands at Furman, agrees and added the residents are also excited.

“The Community Village space means we can have dual events in the multipurpose room and with COVID, the space allows us to spread people out,” Hall said. “It’s just another tool in our tool belt and a way to keep people active and to engage others.”

Hall said being able to divide the room opens up opportunities and partnerships with local organizations, clubs and community groups. These events can continue and grow as The Woodlands at Furman can accommodate larger groups in the Community Village that he describes as tasteful, classy and well done.

“The Community Village provides The Woodlands with a space to unite its residents who live in apartments with those who live across the street in our single-family homes, called The Villas. Our residents love socializing and learning from one another,” Merkt said.


About The Woodlands at Furman
The Woodlands at Furman is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Greenville, South Carolina, offering independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. And as residents of the only retirement community in Upstate South Carolina that offers Life Care, people at our senior living community can enjoy today even more because they know that the ‘what-ifs’ of tomorrow are taken care of.” For more information about The Woodlands at Furman, visit or call 864-371-3100.

Watercrest Senior Living Group Bluffton Richmond

Watercrest Senior Living Group and Harbert Seniors Housing Fund II Announce the Groundbreaking of Watercrest Richmond Assisted Living and Memory Care

VERO BEACH, Fla.,  — Watercrest Senior Living Group and joint venture partner, Harbert Seniors Housing Fund II, are pleased to announce the groundbreaking of Watercrest Richmond Assisted Living and Memory Care in Richmond, Virginia. The 98-unit luxury senior living community, financed by Trustmark Bank and under construction by EMJ Corporation, is scheduled to welcome residents in Summer 2022.

Watercrest Richmond will be a signature Watercrest product, offering 76 assisted living and 22 memory care apartments with resort-style service and world-class care.  The architecture and design will boast a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, theater, salon and spa, Bogey’s Scotch & Cigar Lounge, as well as grand balconies, and Southern-style outdoor living spaces.

“We are thrilled to announce Watercrest’s expansion into Virginia and thankful for our outstanding partnership with Harbert in the development of Watercrest Richmond,” says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “We celebrate this partnership and the opportunity to establish an exceptional Watercrest product in the distinctive community of Richmond.”

Ideally located at 5500 Woolridge Road, Watercrest Richmond offers the best of big-city amenities with the delights of Southern charm.  Known as a top destination by Travel + Leisure, Richmond offers plentiful dining, entertainment and cultural venues, just minutes from the rolling hills of Virginia farms, gorgeous state parks, and charming wineries. For information about the community, contact Watercrest at 772-539-4560.

With multiple senior living projects in development throughout the southeast, Watercrest principals, Marc Vorkapich, CEO and Joan Williams, CFO, are setting new standards of quality for seniors and their families in the development of upscale senior living communities.  This is the first senior living development project partnered between Watercrest and Harbert’s seniors housing investment team.

“Harbert identified Watercrest Senior Living as a best-in-class senior living developer and operator with a commonly aligned vision to develop exemplary senior living communities for our stakeholders,” says Brian Landrum, Senior Managing Director of Harbert Management Corporation.  “We look forward to the successful development of Watercrest Richmond and our future partnerships with the Watercrest team.”

About Harbert Management Corporation
HMC is an investment management firm focusing on alternative assets, with approximately $7.5 billion in Regulatory Assets under Management as of November 30, 2020. A privately owned firm founded in 1993, HMC serves foundations, endowments, fund of funds, pension funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, family offices, and high net worth individuals across multiple asset classes. For additional information about HMC, visit

About Watercrest Senior Living Group
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit

Premier Senior Living Announces Development of New Senior Living Community for O’Fallon, Illinois

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Premier Senior Living, a senior living management company, has announced the plan to bring its new Revela brand to Illinois. Revela of O’Fallon, a new assisted living and memory care community, is coming to O’Fallon, Illinois. This 92-unit, 89,000 square foot development is planned to break ground in mid-February 2021, with an opening date of April 2022.  Comprised of 60 assisted living and 32 memory care units, the community was designed by St Louis Design Alliance and will be constructed by Poettker Construction.

“We are excited to bring Revela to O’Fallon and look forward to developing a strong relationship with the O’Fallon community. Our passion is the creation and operation of stellar senior living communities and this furthers our mission and growth,” said Eric Hadley, Executive Vice President of Premier Senior Living. “In mid-2022 we will have the pleasure of welcoming home the new residents of Revela of O’Fallon” Hadley remarked.

Revela of O’Fallon will anchor new development on the eastern edge of O’Fallon, as part of a 26-acre mixed-use development on Seven Hills Road, near the O’Fallon Public Safety facility and YMCA. The overall mixed-use development consists of three components, including office, senior living, and residential land uses. “This project already addresses a goal frequently discussed within our 2040 Master Plan by ensuring residents have optimal housing during whatever stage in their lives they may be in,” says Mayor Herb Roach. “O’Fallon is proud to have Premier Senior Living developing here on Seven Hills Road.”

“When it comes to senior lifestyles and care, Premier Senior Living is leading the way in providing lifestyles and services that are empowering, encouraging and engaging for our residents, our families, and our staff. We are pleased to have the support and active involvement of the City of O’Fallon and, together, we can make O’Fallon home throughout all phases of life,” said Hadley.

About Premier Senior Living: Based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Premier Senior Living manages and develops senior living communities.  Premier seeks intentional growth with a desire to preserve local community presence and identity.  Senior living: including independent living, assisted living and memory care, is our core purpose.

About the City of O’Fallon: Located along Interstate 64 in Southern Illinois, O’Fallon is a key part of the St. Louis Metro East. Home to national retailers and local businesses alike, it is among the fastest-growing cities in the region and ranked as one of the best places to live by several national publications.

Tuscan Gardens Senior Living Celebrates Opening in Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.,– As we turn the corner on the fight against COVID-19, Tuscan Gardens Senior Living proudly announces the opening of Tuscan Gardens of Delray Beach.

Offering Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, and the award-winning Transitional Aspire Memory Care program, Tuscan Gardens of Delray Beach recently opened its doors to new residents offering a wide range of amenities and signature programs – the convenience of on-site resort-style amenities as well as the ability to socialize while remaining safe.

Tuscan Gardens of Delray Beach is a luxury senior living community, ideally located at 14313 Sims Road in Delray Beach, Fla. The architecture and design boast stunning great rooms, dining rooms, bistro, lounges, fireplace, grand balconies, Tuscan Kitchen with gourmet stone oven, theater, fitness center, beauty salon, on-site spa and massage room, state-of-the-art emergency and fall notification system, arts & crafts studio, putting green, bocce ball and crochet court.

There are also several hospitals within 15 miles of the community, including rehabilitation, short and long-term acute care.
As Tuscan Gardens navigates through difficult times, residents and families are raving about their care during COVID-19. “My mother moved into Tuscan Gardens within days of their opening. We can say only good things about the care she gets. The food is delicious and wholesome. The staff could not be nicer or more helpful. We have found a place for her where she is happy, well taken care of, and part of a wonderful family. 5 stars isn’t enough,” said Jerry, a family member of a Tuscan Gardens resident.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Tuscan Gardens has acted quickly and decisively, establishing a task force and implementing infection control efforts early. Although COVID-19 surrounds us here in Florida, Tuscan Gardens’ focus remains with their residents – keeping them safe, secure, active and engaged,” said Laurence J. Pino, founder and CEO of Tuscan Gardens.
About Tuscan Gardens

Tuscan Gardens is a Florida-based company delivering luxury senior living. Tuscan Gardens’ mission is to provide seniors with the opportunity to live and thrive each day with purpose, passion and joy – a vibrant lifestyle, complete with chef-prepared meals, engaging activities and rewarding social events grounded by celebrating family, culture, and heritage. Learn more at

Madison Crossings Building Exterior

Madison Crossings Senior Community Slated to Open in Spring

MADISON – Madison Crossings, a Phoenix Senior Living community, will offer senior living services with personalized care and luxury-style accommodations with a comfortable, small-town feel.

The 132-unit senior living community on County Line Road will provide independent and memory care units. It is slated to open next spring.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Phoenix Senior Living for the development of Madison Crossings,” said Dean Kiriluk, chief investment officer for Kirco, a real estate development and construction company. “This marks our second project with the company in the state of Alabama, where our dedicated team is applying our unparalleled development and construction experience to help create optimal living environments for the underserved senior market.”

Madison Crossings offers independent living, memory care, respite care and senior day programs.

“We are pleased to work in partnership with Kirco and Kirco Manix as they share our unwavering commitment to offering best-in-class senior living options focused primarily on the well-being of the residents, their families and our associates,” said Jesse Marinko, founder and CEO of Phoenix Senior Living. “We are very excited to expand our footprint in Alabama. Our continued and strategic growth allows Phoenix to invest into our organization’s human capital and creates jobs throughout the Southeast for individuals who are passionate and bring a servant heart to the organization.

“Our organization was recently certified as a Great Place to Work which is a direct reflection of our ongoing commitment to our associates.”

The facility will include 105 independent apartments and 27 specialized apartments for memory care. Amenities will include an outdoor pool; wellness center; industry-leading dining experience; beauty salon and spa; yoga studio; and pickle ball court. Visit

Covenant Living at Windsor Park

New Assisted Living Apartments Coming to Covenant Living at Windsor Park

Carol Stream, Ill.: Covenant Living Communities and Services, along with Covenant Living at Windsor Park, is embarking on a $21-million capital improvement construction project designed to meet the growing need for assisted living options in DuPage County. A “virtual groundbreaking” to kick off the project will be held on November 18 with Covenant Living leadership, the Village of Carol Stream mayor, and residents from the senior living community.

The construction project will add 36 new assisted living residences and a new rehabilitation area for physical and occupational therapy. It will also include the latest HVAC system designed for air purification and improved indoor air quality.

“Our market research shows there is a growing demand in our area where families are seeking senior living health care options for their loved ones,” said Terri Cunliffe, Covenant Living president and CEO. “The addition of more assisted living apartments and a modern rehabilitation space will allow us to better serve the healthcare and rehab needs of our residents at Covenant Living at Windsor Park. It also allows us to serve more people in our area.”

In addition to new assisted living apartments, there will also be some renovations to the existing Windsor Park Manor at Covenant Living with new skilled nursing rooms and two new memory care suites.

“Covenant Living at Windsor Park has been serving the Carol Stream area for nearly 22 years and this project is just another example of our commitment to serving older adults and their families now and well into the future,” added Cunliffe. “We’re excited to bring the future of healthcare to Carol Stream.”

Construction is now underway with an anticipated complete date of December 2021. Covenant Living has partnered with Chicago-based Leopardo Construction and THW Architects from Atlanta, Georgia.



Covenant Living at Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community, is located at 124 Windsor Park Dr., Carol Stream, Ill. It provides on-campus and community members an option of multiple integrated health and wellbeing services that range from skilled care and rehabilitation services, assisted living and assisted living memory support, home health and hospice, catered and residential living. It is administered by Covenant Living Communities and Services, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Living serves 5,400 residents at 17 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information, call 877-836-5664 or visit

Daytona Interior Lobby

Solvere and Protea Announce New Construction on Sunscape Senior Living

St. Petersburg, Fla., –  Solvere Living, a senior living and active adult management company, and Protea Capital Partners, a real estate investment company that develops and owns senior living communities, announce the start of construction on Sunscape Senior Living, a 97-unit assisted living and memory care community in Daytona Beach, Florida. The community is located on Williamson Blvd., a well-known thoroughfare running from Port Orange in the South to Ormond Beach in the North which is easily accessible from I-95 and is within 1.5 miles of the International Airport, the Daytona Speedway and Jimmy Buffet’s nationally acclaimed Latitude Margaritaville and the ICI Homes 55+ communities coming online.

The community will have a movie theatre, spa and fitness center with exercise and therapeutic equipment. Other amenities will include a bistro, a club room, a bar as well as multi-functional event rooms. Outdoor amenities include a terrace designed for dining and entertainment, a bocce ball court, a dog run, and multiple walking trails in secure internal courtyards.

Solvere Living will be providing full management, as well as advertising and marketing services,” said Kristin Kutac Ward, CEO & Founder of Solvere Living. “The construction is moving along, and the sales center will be opening sometime next spring.”

Solvere Living’s Salus wellness philosophy will offer residents programs that encompass the four essential components of wellness including intellectual, social, physical and emotional. Valeo™, the wellness philosophy for memory care residents, is tailored around residents’ stories and relies on industry-leading training programs.

With the addition of Latitude Margarita and the ICI Homes 55+ communities, there is projected to be an additional 10,000 people over the age of 60 in the LPGA Blvd. area in the next few years Greg Spiro, Co-Founder and Principal of Protea Capital Partners says, “There is a dearth of quality senior care in the area and with the introduction of these new developments, that need will continue to increase. Our goal is to help fill that need by offering first-class assisted living and memory care services to those residents who require such care.”

About Solutions Advisors Group

Formed in 2009, Solutions Advisors Group is a group of companies providing comprehensive consulting and operations management expertise for the senior living and active adult sectors. With offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Richmond, Va., the three companies are:

  • Solvere Living – senior living and active adult operations company offering third-party management services
  • Solutions Advisors – marketing, creative and sales consulting agency
  • SA Digital – full-service digital marketing agency

Learn more at and on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

About Protea Capital Partners

Founded in 2014, Protea Capital Partners, LLC is a real estate investment company that develops and owns senior living facilities. Principals Greg Spiro and Hans Van Der Laan spent more than 30 years developing and acquiring properties across the real estate spectrum and have turned their focus toward helping aging individuals get more out of life. The company believes that senior living should focus on the physical, psychological, social and intellectual needs of residents and that success should be measured not only by wellness but by happiness. Protea owns senior living communities in California and Florida.

For more information on the company, visit 


Anthology Senior Living Opens New Facility in Mayfield Heights

CLEVELAND, OH — Anthology Senior Living, a new organization created by long time real estate development firm CA Ventures, is pleased to announce the completion and opening of the Anthology of Mayfield Heights community. Home to more than 180 Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care residences, this brand-new residential facility is located just 11 miles from Lake Erie, surrounded by lush, wooded green space and in close proximity to accessible transit corridors.

“Our team has been operating several senior living communities in 11 states including Ohio since our launch as Anthology Senior Living in 2019,” said Benjamin Burke, President of Anthology Senior Living. “This Mayfield Heights community introduces an incredible new design approach, with high end finishes and modern lifestyle solutions adapted as a result of significant research across our entire organization. It perfectly aligns with our philosophy of creating environments that promote holistic wellness and serve the evolving needs of our seniors over time. We are confident that the new residents of this community will receive a housing experience unlike anything that has been introduced in the State before.”

The Anthology of Mayfield Heights community has been built as the company’s first “Life Plan Community,” a new design strategy for senior housing created in collaboration with national design firm HED. The Life Plan Community consists of a main building and a small arrangement of cottages nestled between the residential and business districts of Mayfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. The community was developed with an emphasis on lifestyle experiences and amenities for all resident types.

Courtyards, roof terraces, and balconies provide options for different scales of outdoor activities and community engagement – with both pandemic times and non-pandemic times in mind. The courtyards serve as activity hubs; and residents are encouraged to participate in active and passive leisure, such as swimming, pickleball, gardening, lounging and meditating. The supportive, multi-use environment continues inside by providing multiple dining options including a bistro, pub, private dining, and large dining room. A business center, clubhouse, fitness center, golf simulator, art galleries, library, a pottery room, and a theater also offer residents a great variety of experiences right on site. These amenity spaces are woven together to provide a robust community experience. Biophilic design elements are included throughout the community to provide the access to nature that has proven to help with the mental and physical well-being of seniors as they age in place.

“While we have completed the design of many senior living facilities around the country to-date, many with CA Ventures, this one is a particularly big deal for our design team. We introduced some very creative new amenity spaces into this project with Anthology, and adapted certain finish decisions to help support the growing importance of public health,” said Alan Truehart, AIA, LEED AP a project leader with HED.
Grand opening events will be limited as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but leases are already underway for the community’s first tenants and the community is open for tours. To learn more, please visit .

About Anthology Senior Living We’ve made it our mission to provide a unique senior living experience that provides our residents with the best in hospitality and care, so they can live their story in a beautiful, meaningful way. From our directors and care managers to our housekeeping and kitchen team, we think of every team member as a caregiver, part of a dedicated family that’s committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Our team is committed to providing senior care and safe living conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit

About HED At HED, great design is about thinking creatively to overcome challenges and improve real world outcomes. With a long history and reputation for design excellence, our belief is that all the facets of our design, from architecture, consulting, engineering, and planning, must create a positive impact for our clients, the community, and the world. This has allowed our firm to succeed and grow into a broad range of market sectors from eight U.S. offices (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento). To learn more, visit

Oakmont of Novato

Oakmont of Novato opens in Marin County

Novato, California– Marin County welcomes Oakmont of Novato as its first new senior living community to open in several years. Oakmont of Novato features top-notch culinary, enhanced wellness services and a full calendar of activities and programs.

Oakmont of Novato is the third of several Oakmont Senior Living communities to be built and opened during the 2020 pandemic. The 72,614-square-foot community sits on nearly three acres and there are 85 apartment homes; including 49 assisted living and 36 memory care apartments at Oakmont of Novato.

“Oakmont of Novato has welcomed its residents and is eager to be part of the greater Novato community and Marin County,” said Melon Rivera, executive director of Oakmont of Novato. “This community has been a long time coming and I am honored to lead our team.”

Rivera has worked in the senior living industry for about a decade. Senior living has become his mission, he said. A mission that includes bringing value to seniors and a life and retirement that they truly deserve after spending most of their lives working.

Oakmont of Novato is close to shopping, fine dining, the arts and world-class entertainment. Residents will enjoy a beauty salon, private movie theater with plush seating, and a gorgeous setting. Oakmont of Novato also has full access to health care and access to a concierge physician.

Gourmet meals are served in a restaurant-style dining room with a full menu designed and prepared by talented executive chef Eliza Kelly and her culinary team. A bar/lounge provides additional options for dining and snacks. There also is a private dining room available and meal delivery options for residents who wish to enjoy meals in the comfort of their apartment homes.

For more information, please visit www.oakmontofnovato or call 628-203-1120.

About Oakmont Senior Living
Oakmont Senior Living is a recognized leader in the senior living industry, currently serving over 3,000 seniors across 34 communities in California and Nevada. Residents receive customized care services delivered in luxurious, resort-style settings. With an impressive array of five-star amenities and compassionate team members, residents at Oakmont Senior Living benefit from the finest senior living experience in the industry. For more information about Oakmont Senior Living, visit

The new Chelsea at Sparta, Sparta, NJ

Chelsea Senior Living Opens Stunning New Residence, The Chelsea at Sparta

SPARTA, N.J.,– Chelsea Senior Living announces the opening of The Chelsea at Sparta, a brand new senior living residence featuring the latest in design and finishes for baby boomers seeking more than just an apartment and three meals a day. The community offers Assisted Living and Memory Care with elegant amenities in a growing part of Sussex County. It is located at 513 Lafayette Road.

“Our team has spent the last year forging partnerships with the local senior community, first responders and care givers. We are happy to take our place here and look forward to providing an outstanding experience for our residents,” said Roger Bernier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea Senior Living.

“With robust safety protocols in place, we are able to provide a safe experience for visitors to help ensure the health of our residents and staff,” said Abby Cline, Executive Director of the Chelsea at Sparta. “We are providing limited, in-person tours for prospective residents with social distancing and other precautions. The health and safety of our residents and staff will be our Number One priority going forward.”

Amenities include a bistro, club room, airy dining room, salon, sports lounge and theater. There is a separate dining room and program room for Memory Care residents.

Chelsea Senior Living operates 21 senior living communities in New York and New Jersey. The Chelsea brand has been associated with superior senior housing and senior care for 30 years. More information can be found at or 1-877-CHELSEA.