A pair of Mississippi companies plans to build a 213-unit senior living development in The Grove, a mixed-use development east of the Mall of Louisiana.
Cardinal Ventures, of Ridgeland, and CR Properties, of Hattiesburg, filed an application for a planned unit development with the city-parish Planning Commission. The development will be called The Blake at the Grove.
The Blake will be adjacent to The High Grove, an apartment building in the mixed-use development, said Harrison Young, Cardinal Ventures’ vice president.
“We like the Louisiana market and Baton Rouge in particular,” Young said.
The Blake’s closeness to the mall and the Essen Lane-Bluebonnet Boulevard-Perkins Road medical corridor are selling points for potential tenants and their families. “There are so many options for the family members of residents,” he said. “They can walk down the street to a restaurant or go shopping after they visit someone.”
The development will be built on an 8.5-acre site. The units would be in two buildings.
Blake Living, which operates six senior living facilities, including the Blake at Lafayette that is set to open in early 2016 near River Ranch, would manage the development.
The majority of the units will be set aside as independent living space for active seniors. Sixty-five of the units will be for assisted-living tenants, where nurses will provide help. Thirty-five of the units will be memory care units, set aside for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Blake will not be licensed to provide skilled nursing care. But it will feature a number of amenities, such as full dining service, a spa, a salon and transportation.
It’s the second upscale senior living development to be announced this week. Avanti Senior Living said it will break ground later this year on a $20 million community at Burbank Drive and Highland Road in Baton Rouge. Avanti at Highland will have 50 assisted-living suites and 40 suites designed specifically for people with memory impairment. The facility should open in early 2017.
The Blake application is set to go before the Planning Commission at its June 15 meeting. If all goes well, construction should begin later this year, with the facility opening in late 2016 or early 2017.
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