Officials expect to begin this week the second phase of construction at the Presbyterian Manor senior living community in west Wichita.
The Westerly Residences will comprise 90 independent living apartments in a three-story, 118,500-square-foot building on Presbyterian Manor’s campus at 4700 W. 13th St.
Amenities will include a beauty shop, barbershop, library and indoor aquatic and wellness center.
The Westerly is expected to be completed in November 2015.
More than 75 of the Westerly’s units have been sold, officials said.
Construction of the Westerly signals the beginning of the end of a two-phase, $35 million project at Wichita Presbyterian Manor that first broke ground in the summer of 2013.
The first phase included construction of 48 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care and 50 skilled nursing suites, a rehabilitation wing and common spaces including a main kitchen.
Work on that first phase continues, even as officials start work on the latter phase of the project.
Bruce Shogren, president and CEO of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, said Wichita Presbyterian Manor was built in the 1970s and needed to reflect more than 40 years of changes in senior care.
“What we call (it) in our industry is repositioning,” Shogren said. “It really needs to be updated to … the current market needs.”
And what the current market wants, he said, is larger independent living apartments that will replace smaller independent living units that were configured six to a building, or cottage.
The addition of a memory care unit, which specifically focuses on seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, is also among current market needs, Shogren said.
Shogren said he expects work on the Westerly to begin this week, starting with the demolition of buildings that previously housed assisted living and skilled nursing units.
St. Louis-based Paric is general contractor on the project. MKEC Engineering Consultants in Wichita also is assisting in the project.