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Retirement community in Longwood adds new healthcare center, villas and amenities

The Oaks healthcare building consists of 36 assisted-living apartments, 18 memory care suites and 48 skilled-nursing care rooms.
The Oaks healthcare building consists of 36 assisted-living apartments, 18 memory care suites and 48 skilled-nursing care rooms. (Village on the Green)

Longwood retirement community Village on the Green is wrapping up an extensive $56 million expansion and redevelopment plan, starting with a recently completed health center.

The nearly 100,000-square-foot health center at 515 Village Place will open in March. Dubbed “The Oaks” the facility adds 48 skilled nursing beds, 36 assisted living apartments, and 18 memory-care suites to the roughly 80-acre senior living community in Seminole County’s Wekiwa Springs neighborhood.

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Rachel Blumberg, Village on the Green’s executive director, told GrowthSpotter prospective residents can move into community through life care contract, but they’re not required. Sales for the residences are going fast, she adds.

The proposed $26 million project is in an opportunity zone and a block from the city's proposed Sailing & Conference Center.

“We’re averaging three deposits a week, and expect to be full by the end of the year,” she said.

The community is part of the nonprofit organization Lifespace Communities Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa. The organization oversees a portfolio of 15 continuing care retirement communities across eight states. In Florida, Village of Green is one of five Lifespace communities, and the only one in Central Florida.

Village on the Green broke ground on the health center in 2019 after announcing the expansion and renovations in 2017. The overall scope of the project includes the new health center building and 20 villas, each with two bedrooms, a two-car garage and walk-in closets.

The health center and villas sit on about 20 acres of former golf course land acquired by the nonprofit in 2014.

A new wellness center with physical and occupational therapy, a refurbished auditorium, and a renovated clubhouse with three new dining venues are also part of the renovation and expansion package. Residents have access to fitness programs such as yoga, Tai chi and aerobics as well as crafting rooms for art projects.

The health center portion of the project is the first to be fully complete and is expected to open in March. The residential villa project, currently under construction, is expected to welcome new residents this spring.

All the food at the clubhouse is homestyle cuisine, cooked fresh everyday and sourced from local farms,” Blumberg said. “Even our salad dressings and pastries are made from scratch.”

The 120-unit assisted living facility would include a movie theater, chapel, hair salon, barber shop, bakery, coffee shop, sports bar, while the memory care area would have dedicated dining facilities, courtyard, and amenities.

The community is currently 80% through the project. The rest of the redevelopment is scheduled to be fully complete this summer. Residences are restricted to people over age 65.

“[The renovation and expansion plan] gave us the opportunity to meet the needs of current residents and open doors to future residents in Seminole and Orange counties,” Blumberg said.

Pointing to data from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Blumberg adds retirement communities are in demand. Seminole County’s 60-plus population is expected to jump to about 130,350 in 2030. That’s a nearly 25% increase from 2020′s 104,645 population count.

Other developers building assisted living residences in Central Florida include

A 120-unit assisted-living and memory-care facility is in the permitting process in Polk County on busy U.S. 27 across from AdventHealth Heart of Florida Hospital.

Prospera Senior Living, a division of the private investment firm Jamas Capital Management, is developing an 89,000-square-foot facility next to Park Square’s Carlisle Grand 158-lot single-family home community in Polk County.

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