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Ground broken for new senior living complex

A rendering of the assisted living and memory care complex at Ashgrove Woods.

Photo courtesy The Joseph Group
A rendering of the assisted living and memory care complex at Ashgrove Woods. Photo courtesy The Joseph Group Photo courtesy The Joseph Group

Officials broke ground Tuesday on a $30 million development behind Brannon Crossing that will include an assisted living center for seniors, as well as more than 70 homes designed for aging Baby Boomers who want to be close to their parents who require care.

Behind the Ashgrove Woods community project is Louisville's Christian Care Communities, which operates facilities and programs for seniors across the state. Among their operations are adult day care programs in Lexington.

"We're going to try to appeal across generations to families that are facing elder care challenges, not exclusively older adults," said CEO Keith Knapp.

The 20-acre site is being developed by Lexington company The Joseph Group. It will include an assisted living center of around 61,000 square feet with 36 apartments for assisted living and 36 others for memory care. In addition, there will be 72 homes built nearby ranging from smaller cottage-style residences to larger 2,000 square-foot houses. The site will also include a pond, walking trails and an above-ground garden, where people can garden without having to bend over.

The idea is that aging Baby Boomers can purchase the homes to be close to their parents, who reside in the assisted living complex. As the homeowners age, they then can move to the assisted living complex if need be. The development is restricted to people ages 55 and older.

Three of the 72 lots have been reserved, said Charbel Joseph, owner of The Joseph Group. The first homes are expected to be completed this summer, and the assisted living complex is slated to be finished in spring 2013. When the latter's completed, it's expected to employ up to 150 full-time workers.

The site's proximity to the retailers at Brannon Crossing is part of a growing trend of senior communities, Knapp said.

"Rather than locate a retirement community in a serene distant place, tomorrow's elders are more likely going to want to be near services or retail to be a part of the community that they helped create rather than leave it behind," Knapp said.

The site was originally planned to be Limestone Crossing, a retirement community connected with the University of Kentucky. But that plan got under way in 2008 just as the recession was taking hold.

"The university is not in any discussions — nor contemplating any — with partners to construct long-term or senior care facilities," said UK spokesman Jay Blanton when asked about the university's vision for any similar project now or in the future.

Knapp said market studies that were recently conducted show that there's now a definite need for the senior community.

"We're really interested in having a bigger presence in Central Kentucky," he said.

Officials broke ground Tuesday on a $30 million development behind Brannon Crossing that will include an assisted living center for seniors and more than 70 homes designed for aging Baby Boomers who want to be close to their parents who require care.

Behind the Ashgrove Woods community project is Louisville's Christian Care Communities, which operates facilities and programs for seniors across the state. Among their operations are adult day care programs in Lexington.

"We're going to try to appeal across generations to families that are facing elder care challenges, not exclusively older adults," said CEO Keith Knapp.

The 20-acre site is being developed by The Joseph Group, a Lexington company. It will include an assisted living center of about 61,000 square feet with 36 apartments for assisted living and 36 others for memory care. In addition, there will be 72 homes built nearby ranging from smaller cottage-style residences to larger 2,000-square-foot houses. The site also will include a pond, walking trails and an above-ground garden, where people can garden without having to bend over.

The idea is that aging Baby Boomers can purchase the homes to be close to their parents, who reside in the assisted living complex. As the homeowners age, they then can move to the assisted living complex if need be. The development is restricted to people 55 and older.

Three of the 72 lots have been reserved, said Charbel Joseph, owner of The Joseph Group. The first homes are expected to be completed this summer, and the assisted living complex is slated to be finished in spring 2013. When the latter is completed, it's expected to employ up to 150 full-time workers.

The site's proximity to the retailers at Brannon Crossing is part of a trend of senior communities, Knapp said.

"Rather than locate a retirement community in a serene distant place, tomorrow's elders are more likely going to want to be near services or retail to be a part of the community that they helped create rather than leave it behind," Knapp said.

The site was originally planned to be Limestone Crossing, a retirement community connected with the University of Kentucky. But that plan began in 2008 as the recession was taking hold.

"The university is not in any discussions — nor contemplating any — with partners to construct long-term or senior care facilities," said UK spokesman Jay Blanton when asked about the university's vision for any similar project.

Knapp said market studies that were conducted show there's now a definite need for the senior community.

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