Koelsch Communities has kicked off construction of a $108 million development that will establish a new senior living center called University Village in the Salmon Creek area. The project broke ground in January and is scheduled to open in 2022.
University Village — named in reference to the nearby Washington State University Vancouver campus — is being built on a previously undeveloped site at 12921 N.E. Rockwell Drive, off of Northeast 134th Street to the east of the commercial Gateway Medical Campus and about a quarter of a mile southeast of the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The project is being developed by Koelsch and RJ Development and will be managed by Koelsch.
The company announced the project in a press release last week, touting it both as a community for seniors and an employment opportunity for local caregivers. The facility is expected to employ about 100 people, according to the press release, including nurses, 24-hour support staff and in-house chefs.
The 365,000- square-foot campus will include 140 independent living units and 26 cottage-style units, along with 101 assisted-living apartments. The two primary buildings will be called The Inn at University Village, which will focus on assisted living, and The Park at University Village, which will focus on independent living.
In addition to standard utilities, on-site amenities will include housekeeping, transportation, a concierge service and “regular excursions,” according to the press release.