July 25, 2018

S. Windsor approves 111-unit assisted-living facility in Evergreen Walk

PHOTO | Evergreen Walk
PHOTO | Evergreen Walk

The town of South Windsor on Tuesday approved plans for a 111-unit assisted-living facility on Buckland Road at Evergreen Walk.

The town's Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the 111,976-square-foot HarborChase of Evergreen Walk facility at 151 Buckland Road. The development will bring new recreation areas, walking trails, 83 new parking spots and landscaping to the shopping area, according to plans.

Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) LLC, of Vero Beach, Fla., will build and operate the new facility at the 4.8-acre lot, which abuts Old Navy and LA Fitness. The South Windsor project is HRA's first in Connecticut.

HRA officials on Wednesday said they expect to break ground this fall, but did not indicate a completion date.

Under the pans, the facility will create 90 full- and part-time jobs when it's fully operational.

Evergreen Walk, a residential, commercial and retail community spanning more than 230 acres, is a densely populated area with an aging population, the application says. That will pair well with HarborChase's targeted population of 65 years and older, which is expected to increase by 15 percent by 2022, they said.

Founded in 2002, HRA manages 30 communities in seven states and is involved in the construction of another eight communities in an additional seven states. The company manages more than $150 million in revenue and about $1 billion in assets.

HRA's complex now becomes yet another rental property at Evergreen Walk for the local aging population.

In Dec. 2017, South Windsor approved plans for a Nebraska builder-developer to erect a $30 million luxury retirement community at Evergreen Walk.

The zoning commission awarded its first-ever special exception to Resort Lifestyle Communities and Cameron General Contractors of Lincoln, Neb., for the independent living project known as "Evergreen Crossing Retirement Community."

The 180,000-square-foot complex, accessible along Hemlock Avenue, is being built on eight acres and will feature 128 rentable apartments of either one, two or three bedrooms. The community will be completed in 2019.

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