Retirement community coming to Salmon Creek

Bonaventure Senior Living says 140-unit complex will employ 60, open in 2014

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter



Bonaventure Salmon Creek

• What: A residential development for seniors that includes 63 independent living units, 53 assisted living units and 24 suits for seniors with memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

• Where: 13700 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.

• Cost: Not disclosed.

• Developer: Bonaventure Senior Living.

• Opening: Winter 2014.

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photoSite preparation is underway in the Salmon Creek area for a senior living complex, being built by Salem-based Bonaventure Senior Living. The 140-unit complex is slated for completion in early 2014.

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Bonaventure Senior Living says 140-unit complex will employ 60, open in 2014

By Cami Joner

Columbian staff writer

A 140-unit retirement community is coming to Vancouver’s Salmon Creek area as part of a business expansion for a Salem, Ore.-based builder and operator of senior housing.

Bonaventure Senior Living is preparing to build the four-story community on 3.5 acres on the northwest corner of Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue and 136th Circle, near Washington State University Vancouver and close to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Although Bonaventure would not disclose the project cost, a spokeswoman said the complex will include 63 independent living apartments, 53 assisted living units and 24 memory care suites.

The complex is expected to open in early 2014 with jobs for about 60 employees, said Allison Goodwin, the company’s director of sales and marketing.

She said Bonaventure’s local development is part of an expansion spurt for the company. The company owns and operates 37 senior living communities in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Colorado and Washington, including the Bridgewood at Four Seasons in Vancouver. Its two newest centers in Salem, Ore., and Castle Rock, Colo., opened in 2012. The company’s 38th property, in Colorado Springs, is slated to open in November.

Many of Bonaventure’s living centers are in suburbs near larger cities, according to the company’s website. For example, the company owns centers in the Portland suburbs of Beaverton, Gresham and Lake Oswego. Such markets are ideal for Bonaventure’s variety of residential centers, Goodwin said.

“We look for communities that would benefit from our type of services — assisted living, independent living and memory care — all in one location,” she said.

The Salmon Creek market has also been targeted by Olympia-based Koelsch Senior Communities, which is developing a nearby senior living facility devoted entirely to memory care. Called The Hampton at Salmon Creek, the $8.5 million, 43-unit facility is set to open Nov. 21 at 2305 N.E. 129th St. It is designed for seniors with such memory issues as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Experts say the increase in senior housing in Clark County is fueled partly by the desire of baby boomers to have their elderly parents living nearby and partly by today’s longer-living older population. Corporations that cater to seniors also are banking on the projected need for future care among area seniors.

As forecast by the 2012 report “Growing Older in Clark County,” the number of people 60 and older is expected to increase by 158 percent by 2030, with that population accounting for one out of every four county residents. It is growth largely driven by the aging baby boomers, the large population born between 1946 and 1964.

Goodwin said Bonaventure’s Salmon Creek complex will accept residents who are 55 and older.

“We have residents that don’t want to worry about cooking, cleaning or transportation,” services offered by staff at the facility, Goodwin said.

She said Bonaventure’s communities attract a diverse group of residents — from seniors who manage themselves independently to disabled adults who need help with meals, medications, dressing and personal care, but do not need the 24-hour services provided in nursing home care.

In addition to its services, Bonaventure’s newest communities offer luxurious amenities, such as larger suites — ranging up to 1,100 square feet.

“Our newer communities are quite a bit larger (than the company’s older centers),” Goodwin said. She said Bonaventure Salmon Creek will feature numerous common areas.

“You’ll see theater rooms, hospitality rooms, gardening and wood shop rooms, libraries and computer rooms,” she said.

The complex will include a bistro and other dining options.

“Honestly, it’s like a cruise ship on land,” Goodwin said.