New Benton House senior living community slated for Seminole County near Oviedo
By Mike Salinero
Jul 03, 2019 | 11:36 AM
Alpharetta, Ga.-based Principal Senior Living Group is planning to build its second Central Florida-located assisted living facility in the Oviedo-Chuluota area.
Seminole County staff is reviewing final development plans for Benton House Oviedo, a 72-unit, 93-bed facility that will be located on the south side of West County Road 419 (Chuluota Road), between Twin Rivers Boulevard and Willingham Road. The 5.31-acre site is vacant.
Benton House is the flagship brand for parent company Principal Senior Living. Other Florida Benton Houses are located in Clermont, Port Orange and Jacksonville. Benton House of St. Johns in St. Augustine should open in the next 30 days, said Dane Cates, Principal’s vice president of development.
“We were really looking at the growth in the general area of Orlando and Oviedo,” Cates told GrowthSpotter. “(Oviedo) does have some facilities that are nice but there seemed to be shortage on the eastern side of town … We really saw an opportunity on the east side of Oviedo.”
Like the company’s other senior living communities, Benton House Oviedo will be single-story with two interior courtyards, one for memory care residents and the other for assisted living. Though single-story facilities need more land, which adds to development costs, Cates said many seniors and their families find the single-story model more appealing.
“Most people of that age like having single-story living with no stairs, no elevators,” Cates said. “A lot of the residents have direct access to the outside, to a screened porch or a covered patio. It’s stepless living.”
Most residents will have a covered patio or a screened-in porch, Cates said. And, with just one story, residents will have quicker and easier access to the cafeteria and other common area features.
“With our design, everybody is close to where the action is,” Cates said. “We’ve built over 40 of these buildings and we still remain a single-story builder. It’s our niche.” Benton House also has senior living facilities in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.
Madden, Moorhead & Stokes of Maitland are the civil engineers on the project. Cates said Benton House has a few general contracting companies it has used on many of its buildings, but he did not rule out looking at local contractors in the Greater Orlando area.
Cates said he hopes to see groundbreaking by the end of the year, but it could be delayed until the first part of 2020. Construction should take about 10 months followed by a wait of 60 days to get final state licensing.
“We continue to look for opportunities in the Central Florida area,” Cates said. “We’d like to build more there.”