The Hacienda at Georgetown Will Open Late 2022 With Celebrated Chef, Stephan Pyles, as Chief Culinary Advisor

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The Hacienda at Georgetown will debut in late 2022 as part of Watermark Retirement Communities’ Élan Collection, the brand’s elite collection of senior communities crafted with luxury resort amenities. Located on 13 acres at the south entrance to Sun City Georgetown, The Hacienda at Georgetown will offer an unparalleled lifestyle for sophisticated seniors that includes engaging programming, extraordinary design, integrated indoor-outdoor spaces, and world-class culinary offerings created by celebrated chef Stephan Pyles.

Often referred to as the “founding father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Stephan Pyles will bring his signature New Texas Cuisine to The Hacienda at Georgetown’s four dining venues, including a restaurant and bar open to the public. This restaurant will be the region’s first fine-dining establishment located in a senior living community and once open is expected to be one of the area’s most in-demand dining destinations. In addition to the new fine-dining restaurant, Chef Pyles will define the overall direction for each of the property’s other three dining venues, including the development of concepts, menus, presentations and kitchen design.  Chef Pyles will also host a series of special events including cooking demonstrations and wine dinners at the new community.

“Food brings us together as nothing else can, shaping our memories and empowering our communities,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. “Food truly transcends all boundaries and feeds our lifelong need to discover, which is a vital element in a long and healthy life. I’m especially looking forward to being a part of the property’s innovative community restaurant, which will be a welcome addition to the city. It will provide a new opportunity to bring together Georgetown residents of all ages to gather, dine well, and create new memories under one roof.”

In addition to The Hacienda at Georgetown’s culinary offerings, ranging from a fine dining venue to a casual café and bar, the community will promote vibrancy and longevity through a robust suite of programming and amenities including a specially designed outdoor amphitheater and a fully equipped wellness center with a salon, spa, club rooms, fitness center, theater, meditation garden and a luxury resort-like pool with cabanas.

“Offering a seamless and exceptional lifestyle are hallmarks of the Watermark experience, and The Hacienda at Georgetown will be no exception,” said David Freshwater, Chairman of Watermark Retirement Communities. “We’re excited to add The Hacienda at Georgetown to our prestigious Élan Collection and open the community with one of Texas’ most celebrated chefs at its helm. Chef Pyles will further enhance the daily lives of our residents and create an impactful relationship between our property and the Georgetown community.”

A fifth-generation Texan with a career spanning four decades, Pyles has opened 23 restaurants in six cities over the past 32 years and remains to this day one of Texas’ most successful and influential chefs. Most notably, Pyles is the first chef from the Southwest to win a James Beard Award for Best Chef and was the first Texan inducted into Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. He has been named Chef of the Year by seven publications, including Esquire Magazine, and has been nominated for 18 additional awards from the James Beard Foundation. He is a four-time cookbook author and has been host of an Emmy-award winning PBS Television series.

Bon Appetit has also recognized him for his lasting impact on Texas’ culinary scene and named him Chef of the Year in 2006.

The Hacienda at Georgetown is being developed through a strategic partnership between Watermark Retirement Communities, MedCore Partners, a Dallas-based healthcare and medical real estate group and The National Realty Group, a Houston-based full-service commercial and industrial real estate company. Dallas-based architecture and planning firm, REES Associates, and Austin-based award-winning interior design studio, Studio Six5, are collaborating on the design for the community. Tulsa-based ACRON USA is providing LP Equity for the project.

Reservations are being accepted for Independent Living one- and two-bedroom residences. For more information, please visit or call 512.591.0100.

Bentley Village Center for Living Well

Vi at Bentley Village to Launch Redevelopment of Care Venues

Naples, Fla. – Vi at Bentley Village is pleased to announce plans for a large-scale revitalization project to refurbish the community’s Skilled Nursing Facility (Bentley Care Center) and Assisted Living Residences. These two care areas are part of the Vi at Bentley Village campus which also includes independent living apartments and coach homes. The $41 million redevelopment is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2021 and conclude within 18 months.

In the Bentley Care Center, resident rooms will be redesigned for enhanced privacy. All resident rooms will be transformed into single-occupancy rooms with private baths and located on the second and third floors of the existing building and a new north wing. Once completed, there will be 84 private rooms. In addition, the therapeutic areas, multipurpose spaces and activity areas will be enhanced to allow for growth of services. Integrated into the Bentley Care Center will be the new “Bentley Center for Living Well” which will house new wellness, home health and therapy services. The 5,700 square foot therapy building will include: state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy equipment, private treatment rooms and an outdoor therapy courtyard. Parking areas, building entryways and exterior spaces at the care center will also be


In the Assisted Living Residences, the expansion will increase resident capacity to 84-one-bedroom assisted living apartments and 15 memory support apartments. The renewal will also include new living and dining spaces with a lounge and bar, and multipurpose, fitness and activity rooms. The courtyard will be re-envisioned to provide enhanced seating and shade structures along with new landscaping.

“We are excited to announce this redevelopment because it shows our commitment to provide top-notch services and amenities to heighten our residents’ well-being,” said Penny Smith, Executive Director at Vi at Bentley Village. “The expanded facilities will allow us to augment programs and activities that our dedicated employees implement as they care for our residents in these venues.”

The Bentley Care Center has been recognized with an overall five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This rating is based on criteria determined by the CMS five-star rating system, which assesses all Skilled Nursing Facilities against four indicator categories: health inspection, quality indicators, staffing and RN staffing.

Located in Naples, Fla., Vi at Bentley Village has been providing luxury retirement living for more than 30 years. The community provides a continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing to its residents. Vi at Bentley Village is situated on 156 lush acres, provides more than 12 miles of walking trails, an 18-hole par-3 golf course, a pro shop, and much more.

To find out more about Vi at Bentley Village, visit

The Art of Living Well Takes Shape at Viamonte at Walnut Creek

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.,  — Contra Costa County’s fastest selling Life-Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek by Sequoia Living, made the early decision to emphasize art when planning the design of its active senior community enhancing the lifestyle of the space for its residents.  Harold Hoeg, owner of Horizon Art, was brought in to collaborate with StudioSIX5 interior design and architecture to ensure that the artistic aesthetic was in sync with the overall design of this contemporary community.

“The beauty of curating a collection for a community like Viamonte is in the thoughtfulness of selecting each installation.  When it is done well, it tells a fascinating story,” said Hoeg.  “In the case of Viamante, we understood that our residents embodied a discerning art-loving audience.  It was evident that creating an emotional bridge to the area would require a Biophilic philosophy, which we approached with local artists in mind.”

The term Biophilic focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes.  Popularized by American biologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanization were leading to a disconnection with the natural world, it seeks to bring nature indoors in a way that it can be enjoyed. Working with the light and views surrounding the property, an emphasis on natural resources is evident in both the artwork and overall design, including constructing the community around the now focal point Legacy Oak Tree. Hoeg integrated broader themes of local art highlighting bold, contemporary and abstract pieces to heighten the spirit and experience.

“Long corridors can be, simply – well… long – so we wanted something that would provide moments of brightness to resident commutes and engage their spirits, where people could stop, connect, and enjoy the stunning scale of these rare finds.”

Many of the pieces selected showcase interesting objects with dimension and texture that allow residents to stop and enjoy the journey down the long corridor. The art has become such a popular lifestyle element for the residents that the art collection has morphed into an organized art walk for the community, providing the opportunity to enjoy the color and space while learning more about the artists themselves. Artists are also conducting interviews for residents to talk about specific pieces located at the community as well as inspiration for their work.

While many of Viamonte’s residents are able to get out and about, COVID-19 closed off many outdoor options.  The art installation is just one of the many elements of the community’s lifestyle enhancements showcasing the importance that aesthetic can play in overall satisfaction in lifestyle.  Other enhancements include gourmet dining through two onsite restaurants, a wine bar, outdoor fireplaces and sitting areas, bocce court and heated swimming pool with nano-doors leading to a sundeck. A private gym, salon, art and workshop are all included in the Viamonte offering.

Viamonte At Walnut Creek is the only life-care community of its kind in the East Bay.  Featuring 1-bed/1-bath or 2-bed/2-bath with adjacent dens, the living spaces are designed to be roomy, light and bright, with high end designer features and finishes. Full kitchens, generous living spaces, and private decks or patios round out the residence offering.

“Life at Viamonte feels like staying at a high-end resort,” said Lon Shapiro, a resident at Viamonte. “No detail has been spared.”

While Viamonte At Walnut Creek enjoys the reputation of being one of the fastest selling life plan communities in Northern California, there are still a limited number of homes available.  To find out more, schedule a tour or for a private in person appointment at our preview center, simply call 925-621-6600 or visit online at

Aravilla Clearwater

Phase One of Assisted Living for Memory Care Community, Aravilla Clearwater, Achieves Certificate of Occupancy

CLEARWATER, Fla.,  – The construction of Aravilla Clearwater—a partnership between Autumn Senior Living, Cleveland Construction and Small Brothers, LLC—has received a Certificate of Occupancy for the Assisted Living for Memory Care Community that 90 residents at stabilization will call home this spring. Aravilla Clearwater will specialize in helping residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The team wrapped up the 65,000-square-foot community on Jan. 29, 2021, marking the end of a successful 18-month construction schedule. With this milestone reached, Aravilla Clearwater will move into its new community and begin preparations to create an active home for Tampa Bay residents by April 2021.

“These are exciting times for the community as we can now provide our more than 75 years of experience helping residents get the best care, especially those suffering from advanced memory loss,” said Dawn Grady, Executive Director of Aravilla Clearwater.  “We have worked diligently toward this day – a true milestone – as we focus on bringing the most experienced and caring team helping memory care residents live their lives more fully.”

Locally owned and operated, the ultramodern assisted living and memory care community will ultimately encompass 170,000 square feet of tranquil indoor and outdoor living space and residential features. Located at 3055 Union Street in Clearwater, the first phase of the project called for constructing a two-story, 65,000-square-foot secure assisted living community for memory care with 84 units and 95 beds.  The second phase of the project will begin with constructing a three-story, 105,000-square-foot ALF community with a connection to the memory care community. Once phase two is up and running, the community will bring 120 permanent jobs to the area.

Aravilla Clearwater will offer memory care residents a safe, warm, welcoming and compassionate environment in a beautiful setting. The new community will include Mediterranean diet-inspired food prepared fresh by an on-site Chef and, once fully completed, it will include various amenities like entertainment and dining areas, indoor and outdoor gathering places, a resort-style aqua-therapy pool, an outdoor garden, and water features throughout.

Aravilla Clearwater maintains evidence-based practices, like the “Yellow Brick Road,” to make residents feel as comfortable as possible. The Yellow Brick Road is a clearly defined path with numerous points of interest and waypoints to guide the residents through the building comfortably while minimizing their risk of becoming confused or upset. Built to provide tranquility and comfort for every resident, the community provides residential units with home-style front porches and promises to feature beautiful, high-end features inside and out.

Ribbon Cutting at Oakmont

Oakmont Senior Living Opens New Luxury Community in Fullerton, CA

IRVINE, Calif.– Oakmont Senior Living continues to expand its network of luxury senior living communities in California with the opening of Oakmont of Fullerton on March 1. The opening of the brand-new community was celebrated with a festive vaccination clinic for new residents and team members on Feb. 28 and a socially distanced ribbon cutting attended by Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Nick Dunlap, representatives from Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva’s office and County of Orange Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Doug Chaffee’s office, plus members of the North Orange County Chamber.

“We are thrilled to provide seniors and their families in Northern Orange County with our exceptional hospitality, quality amenities and five-star programs,” said Sarah Cleeson, Oakmont of Fullerton’s executive director. “We are providing the COVID-19 vaccine to our new residents as part of our commitment to the highest standards in health and safety. As a leader in senior living, our company has completed its second round of vaccinations at all Oakmont communities across the state. We are proud to have brought a clinic to our newest community in Fullerton.”

The vaccination program helps Oakmont of Fullerton residents settle into their new apartment homes with less stress and worry and more peace of mind for their families too.

Another amenity to ease the transition is Oakmont’s on-site community engagement coordinator, a position at Oakmont of Fullerton that helps facilitate the move and connects new residents with other residents, programs and team members. Each new resident receives a loaner iPad so that they can easily stay connected with family and friends. Oakmont’s community engagement coordinator guides residents in use of the iPad.

“Our exceptional services, amenities and professionally trained team members are what set Oakmont apart, and we are all focused on making our residents feel comfortable, cared for and inspired in their new home,” says Cleeson.

One of the stellar amenities at Oakmont Senior Living is a five-star culinary program that is overseen by an executive chef and includes menus created with the freshest seasonal ingredients, some harvested from on-site gardens. The on-site restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating as well as a private dining room. There’s also a casual bistro for all-day dining and snacks.

A new feature unique to the Fullerton community is the Grand Hall. With a stage, scenic views of the manicured grounds and an elegant bar, the Grand Hall provides plenty of space for socially distanced events and programs.

The luxurious, resort-style setting also features a cozy library, movie theater with plush seating, fitness center and day spa with massage room plus recreation and game rooms. Outdoor areas include a putting green, bocce ball court, resident garden beds, walking paths and even a pet park for those with canine companions.

Conveniently located near walking trails, dining, shopping in downtown Fullerton, and less than one mile from St. Jude Medical Center and other world-renowned medical providers, residents have access to complimentary chauffer service within 10 miles of the Fullerton community. As the pandemic allows, the community plans to offer a robust social calendar with on-site educational, social and recreational programs as well as off-property group excursions.

Oakmont of Fullerton includes 101 spacious apartment homes in an array of floorplans from studios to two-bedrooms. The community also features a memory care neighborhood for those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Oakmont Senior Living currently operates 33 communities in California and two in Las Vegas. Oakmont’s other Orange County communities include Capriana and Villagio in Brea, Oakmont of Orange and Oakmont of Huntington Beach. Parent company, Oakmont Management Group is headquartered in Irvine, Calif.

Solterra Companies Commences Development on $38M Age-Healthy Community in Castle Rock

DENVER , Colo. – Solterra Companies, a senior housing developer and operator, recently announced the groundbreaking of its new $38 million age-healthy community, Bridgewater Living, in Castle Rock, Colo. Located at 4001 Home Street, the 142 unit residential healthcare community sits on a 6.63 acre hilltop overlooking various scenic buttes and peaks of the surrounding area. A short drive from the I-25, this community is a state-of-the-art health and wellness campus for those looking to live a longer and healthier life.

“We’re excited to get our new age-healthy community in the works in Colorado,” said Steve Jorgenson, CEO and president of Solterra Companies. “This unique health and wellness campus focuses on a whole-person health, fitness, and wellness philosophy. What sets us apart from other residential healthcare communities is that our team includes registered nurses, and other health professionals who integrate a health and wellness approach throughout our community.”

Bridgewater Living, a pet-friendly community, will include a full service dining room, scenic walking trails, a dog park, sunken gardens for residents to enjoy as well as activity spaces for its engaging activity programs and more. Unlike most generational communities activity programs, Solterra Companies’ daily activity approach will create and deploy resident engagement products that measure resident participation, positive health and wellness outcomes, and interactive resident socialization goals.

Bridgewater Living, expected to open in summer 2022, was funded in partnership with the Douglas County Housing Authority and Multi-Family Housing Revenue Bonds. The community will begin to take deposits starting fall 2020. For more information about Solterra Companies, please visit

Solterra Companies provides hands-on, detailed, and focused solutions for Senior Independent and Assisted Living Communities. Its team has extensive experience in project formation and development, financial modeling, operations management, marketing, leasing, cash-flow stabilization, asset management, health care integration, and strategic planning. For more information, please visit

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care Welcomes Founders Club Residents

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company proudly announce that Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care received AHCA licensure and recently welcomed the first Founders Club residents to assisted living.

Prospective residents who are the first to secure reservations at a Watercrest senior living community are welcomed into the exclusive Watercrest Founders Club.  The Founders Club provides residents with a two-year rental rate lock and choice of a Spa or Vineyard package offering complimentary products and services on a continued basis.

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a 107-unit, signature Watercrest product offering 75 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments with resort-style service and world-class care.  Residents will enjoy pampering in elegant Spa W, savor private label Watercrest wines at the bistro, and relish the flavors of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and organic fare whether dining outdoors, bistro-style, or in the chef’s private dining room.

The unique architecture and design boast a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, pool, salon and spa, children’s play space, grand balconies, and Florida-style outdoor living spaces.  Additionally, Watercrest’s Market Street Residence showcases an innovatively designed ‘outdoor’ streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming.

“It is with great pride that we officially open the doors of Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach and welcome our residents and associates to their exceptional new home,” says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “We appreciate the dedication of our team members who brought this project to fruition, and thank The St. Joe Company for their continued trust, partnership, and collaboration on this exciting project.”

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a senior living development project partnered between Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company.  The 92,000 square foot luxury senior living community is conveniently located at 205 West Hewett Road along the Emerald Coast in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  For information, contact the community at 850-660-7130.

“Receiving AHCA licensure and beginning to welcome residents are great milestones for this facility,” said Dan Velazquez, Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for The St. Joe Company.  “In partnership with Watercrest Senior Living Group we have spent the last couple of years planning and building this facility and we are very excited to welcome the first Founders Club residents.”

About The St. Joe Company
The St. Joe Company, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, is a real estate development, asset management and operation company. The Company owns land concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida and has significant residential and commercial land-use entitlements in hand or in process. More information can be found at Information on the Company’s current project pipeline can be found at

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

VOTG Healthcare

Orlando Area Retirement Community to Open Multimillion-Dollar Health Center

LONGWOOD, Fla. — In early March, a newly completed multimillion-dollar health center at Village on the Green will open its doors to area seniors. Named “The Oaks” and located at 515 Village Place in Longwood, the health center adds 48 skilled nursing beds, 36 assisted living apartments, and 18 memory care suites to the 80-acre senior living community. With the assisted living and memory care additions, the community will now offer a full continuum of aging care services on-site.

“We are passionate about providing the best health services to seniors and their families, and the new health center is an invaluable addition to our offerings,” said, Rachel Blumberg, executive director at Village on the Green. “Residents can move into independent living knowing that virtually all their current and future health care needs can be taken care of without having to leave our campus. Furthermore, older adults in the Orlando area benefit as they are able to access our services as well.”

The health center addition is part of a larger $56 million communitywide expansion and redevelopment initiative. The overall project also includes 20 new independent living villas, a new fitness center, additional dining venues, a refurbished auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, and more.

“These enhancements ensure we’re able to sufficiently serve the growing local senior population for years to come,” said Blumberg, pointing to data from the state of Florida that projects the 65-plus population in Seminole County to exceed 145,000 by 2030. “In our experience, the newest generation of retirees expect top-quality lifestyle offerings and we’re always striving to exceed that. Providing quality health care is always a top priority, and we’re looking forward to positively impacting many lives with our new health center.”

The health center’s architectural and interior designs were executed by Atlanta-based THW Design. Birmingham, Alabama’s Brasfield & Gorrie served as general contractor.

Village on the Green is the only skilled nursing provider in Florida to earn the Governor’s Panel on Excellence Gold Seal award for 19 consecutive years. The award recognizes senior care organizations that demonstrate excellence in long-term care over a sustained period; promote the stability of the industry; and facilitate the physical, social, and emotional well-being of residents. The community also holds a five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

About Village on the Green

Village on the Green, located at 500 Village Place in Longwood, Florida, is a Life Care community that provides seniors a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residential options, including maintenance-free independent living apartment homes and villas. Residents also have access to a full continuum of care on-site, including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Village on the Green is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, a not-for-profit senior living provider with 15 communities in eight states. For more information, call 407.682.0230 or visit


Observatory Park

Confluent Senior Living and MorningStar Senior Living Break Ground on Urban Infill Project in Denver

DENVER — Co-developers Confluent Senior Living and MorningStar Senior Living have announced the groundbreaking of the partnership’s latest urban infill community located in Denver’s historic Observatory Park neighborhood.

Planned for completion by summer 2022, MorningStar at Observatory Park represents one of the partnership’s newest senior living communities designed to establish a unique “Whole Health Standard” in the industry, offering 81 licensed units for assisted living and memory care that will incorporate the latest in healthy building technologies while enhancing resident comfort and quality of life.

MorningStar at Observatory Park will be located at 2100 South Josephine Street and will mark the development partners’ 13th joint venture across five states. The Observatory Park property is in the heart of one of Denver’s most central, tight-knit and vibrant neighborhoods where residents will benefit from convenient access to local parks, golf courses, the University of Denver, shopping and dining, medical centers, I-25, Washington Park, Platt Park, Cherry Hills, Cherry Creek and more.

“We celebrate this milestone and express our gratitude to all parties involved—from the previous landowners to our banking and investment partners to our design and construction teams – all of whom have worked alongside us with unwavering support in times of uncertainty to keep this project active and thriving,” said Marshall Burton, president and CEO of Confluent Development. “Across the industry, many senior living projects ground to a halt last year as credit tightened and investors expressed concern about viability. This groundbreaking is a testament to the quality of the community, but also to our collective team’s strong, proven track record, commitment to collaboration and mutual trust.”

While already recognized for delivering industry-leading senior communities with a service-oriented approach, in response to the impact of the pandemic, Confluent and MorningStar established a “Whole Health Standard” for the Observatory Park property, representing a comprehensive, holistic design that incorporates the latest protections for residents’ physical health while advancing features essential to mental health. To complement social and vocational wellness programming, and in defense against disease, Confluent and MorningStar have evaluated a suite of cutting-edge technologies that enhance wellness and safety while emphasizing hospitality and comfort. From sanitation stations and touchless faucets and light switches in common spaces, to needlepoint bipolar ionization through HVAC systems and electrostatic sprayers that disperse positively charged particles to neutralize infectious diseases, the partners are enlisting resources that prioritize resident wellness through proactive, precautionary, innovative design.

Other features of the property that adhere to the partnership’s “Whole Health Standard” include: Far-UVC Light Field to reduce the spread of airborne-mediated microbial diseases through ultraviolet rays; a kiosk system for seamless and distanced sign-in and health screening; anti-microbial countertop surfaces; and tele-training on infection control and mobile alert systems. MorningStar also partners with experienced laboratories to provide rapid, accurate test results.

“Breaking ground on our Observatory Park community in Denver represents a significant threshold in the evolution of our portfolio with Confluent. Even in the most challenging of times, our partnership has remained steadfast. Infusing new technologies and designs into this community sets a modern standard for the industry as a whole,” said Matt Turner, managing partner at MorningStar Senior Living. “As senior advocates our highest priority is to encourage and enhance the wellness of residents. Researching and implementing next-level technologies enable us to exceed expectations, protect the health and safety of seniors and heroic frontline workers, and provide a welcoming community environment that optimizes every dimension of a resident’s experience.”

Located in close proximity to Denver’s metropolitan core, the five-story building will offer 58 assisted living and 23 memory care suites as well as 47 underground parking spaces. The property will feature an elevated courtyard, outdoor dining area, spa, wellness center and rooftop terrace with striking city and mountain views. As their health dictates, assisted living residents will be offered personalized support with the activities of daily living through 24-hour staffing and full-time licensed nurses.

“Observatory Park is an iconic neighborhood, well-known and trusted. This project offers an incomparable opportunity for local residents who wish to age in place or draw closer to family, to remain tied to the fabric of their community,” said John Reinsma, managing director at Confluent Senior Living. “Our new ‘Whole Health Standard’ serves as the basis of design for MorningStar at Observatory Park to protect residents and communities from annual or generational health challenges. Thanks to a shared vision with MorningStar, this unique project is becoming a reality.”

Confluent Senior Living, a subsidiary of Denver-based Confluent Development, serves as the project owner and Denver-based MorningStar Senior Living as the operator. Firms involved in the project include Hord Coplan Macht as the architect, Shaw Construction as the general contractor, and Thoma-Holec Design as the interior designer.

About Confluent Senior Living
Confluent Senior Living is a national developer and investor of senior projects. Confluent Senior Living partners with a variety of industry-renowned senior living operators across the U.S. An expert in developing, buying and selling senior living communities, Confluent Senior Living has a national senior housing portfolio of award-winning communities. Confluent Senior Living is a subsidiary of Confluent Development, a Denver-based, full-service real estate investment and development firm that owns and develops ground-up commercial real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About MorningStar Senior Living
An integrated developer, owner and operator of premier retirement communities, MorningStar’s portfolio encompasses over 40 properties under operation or development representing over 4,000 units in ten states across the western United States. Offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, MorningStar is privileged to elevate life for those who taught the rest of us how to live. For more information, visit

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.