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Upscale senior complex coming to Ocotillo

July 9th, 2019 SanTan Sun News
Upscale senior complex coming to Ocotillo


Staff Writer

Snowbirds flock from around the country to enjoy Arizona’s cooler months, but many developers are projecting a future influx of senior citizens who will stay here beyond the winter season.

With an eye toward that influx — and down-sizing baby boomers who already are here, Cadence Living recently purchased land on the corner of Queen Creek Road and Arizona Avenue for a $46-million upscale senior apartment complex.

Cadence at Ocotillo will offer 191 new studio, one- and two-bedroom upscale apartments “for seniors seeking an active, healthy and social lifestyle,” said company spokeswoman Patty Johnson.

The 206,283-square-foot community will boast a Spanish-influenced design and offer independent living, assisted living and memory care options.

Upscale amenities will include restaurant-style and bistro dining, walking paths, raised garden beds, theater, art studio, swimming pool and fitness center.

“We saw a unique opportunity to fill a gap in the market by offering seniors a lifestyle-focused community that delivers the kind of highly desirable living options being sought by individuals and couples today,” said Eric Gruber, principal at Cadence Living. “Our culture of wellness, engagement and fun is something we’re very proud to be introducing in Chandler.”

The number of Arizonans aged 65 and older is expected to increase 174 percent from 883,014 in 2010 to 2,422,186 in 2050.

Regan Smith, a long-term care ombudsman program director for the Area Agency on Aging, said the burst in the state’s senior population has much to do with the baby boomer generation aging out.

“With the baby boomer population aging, we have communities that are trying to meet those potential needs,” said Smith.

Plus, Smith suggested developers “could be in preparation for a potential influx of population coming to Arizona. Plenty of people want to retire here.”

Developers are projecting seniors don’t want run-of-the-mill living quarters.

“Luxury facilities are everywhere, and if you look at how many that have built in the East Valley in the last couple of years, it’s amazing. They must feel they are going to be able to have residents that can afford those fees,” said Smith.

Rates at Cadence at Ocotillo have not yet been set. However, at Cadence’s facility in Mesa rooms range from just over $1,000 to about $7,000 per month, depending on necessary space and level of care required.

Renters can choose between furnished and unfurnished apartments.

If residents opt for a furnished apartment, Johnson said they will have the ability to choose from several styles “to ensure their space reflects who they are.”

Johnson added residents will be able to bring some personal belongings to further in making the place their own.

Each apartment also comes with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, walk-in shower and a 24-hour emergency line. The facility has medical services but is not a skilled nursing facility.

With a casual bistro, walking paths, raised garden beds, theater, art studio, swimming pool and fitness center, there is no reason to leave.

Atop of the various places to go onsite, a calendar filled to the brim with intellectual, artistic and entertainment-based programming seniors won’t run short on things to do.

Cadence at Ocotillo will also offer red carpet concierge services, which Johnson said brings luxury to an everyday lifestyle.

“Those are just special concierge services for residents, so if someone wanted to plan some sort of special outing we have people that can assist them in doing that. It’s customized concierge services for the residents. Food coming up to their apartment — all of the things that you would expect from high level hospitality facilities,” said Johnson.

Construction will be underway by fall and completion is set for spring 2021.

Cadence does not anticipate any lane restrictions on Arizona Avenue during construction.

Partners on this project include Chandler-based Whitneybell Perry as the architect, and locally based Drive Development Partners as the construction manager.

Opportunities for room rentals will be available closer to the facility’s opening.

“[This year] has been an exciting year for us and for Arizona’s senior community,” said Rob Leinbach, principal at Cadence Living. “It’s exciting…to see our vision for offering seniors a chance to live their best lives becoming a reality here in Arizona.”

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