Reservations are being taken.
A new opportunity for seniors is coming to Port Orange. Seagrass Village will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations.
Advertised as a “picturesque community,” the company promises high standards with upscale dining; a full program of recreational and social activities; and health care including wellness programs and emergency response.
It will be managed by SRI Management, which specializes in senior care facilities and operates 16 in Florida.
“I believe that seniors are valuable and deserve the very best,” said CEO Don Bishop at a groundbreaking March 1. “This will be an exceptional place.”
The main feature of the facility is that seniors will have the ability to transition from independent living to assisted living and to memory care. Not having to find a new place to live as they age is appealing to seniors, company officials say.
“We try to be a bridge,” said Elizabeth Rambow, sales director.
Each level will have its own dining area and activity programming.
Nearly five acres of city land at 3875 Yorktowne Blvd. was purchased by Sage Development of Panama City for $1.3 million and it has now been cleared. Construction will now take about 18 months at a cost of about $25 million, and the company is accepting reservations.
Sage Development has two similar projects being developed in Florida in Jacksonville and Panama City. They will also be managed by SRI Management.
Don Burnette, mayor of Port Orange, said it’s good the city land will now be on the tax rolls and the facility will fill a need for seniors.
“Port Orange is about quality of life at every stage,” he said. “We’re happy to see it.”
He also said it will have low impact on infrastructure or schools and will provide jobs.
Bishop said about $2 million per year is expected to be spent on salaries. Employment is expected to be about 70.
“Port Orange is about quality of life at every stage”
DON BURNETTE, mayor
The 120,000-square-foot, three-story building will have 58 independent living apartments, 32 assisted living apartments and 28 memory care apartments.
All units will be on a month-to-month rental basis. Some other similar facilities around the state require residents to purchase their unit but this will not be the case at Seagrass.
Harry Patel, vice president of development for Sage, said the company’s market research shows a need in the area. Existing facilities were built more than 15 years ago and do not have the combined services that Seagrass will offer, he said.
The grounds will include a swimming pool and walking trail. There will be three restaurant style dining rooms and two bars which will have happy hour, Bishop said.
There will be a 24-hour nurse and physical therapy.