The Blaine City Council Sept. 6 unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a 59-unit senior living facility.
Edgewood Vista Senior Living is constructing this single level, 49,225 square-foot building on the southwest corner of 125th Avenue N.E. (County Road 14) and Cloud Drive N.E., near District 16’s Northpoint Elementary School.
Edgewood Vista Senior Living is a 20-year-old company that has 45 different senior communities in seven states, according to Edgewood Regional Vice President Ross Huttunen.
Besides Minnesota, there are facilities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The company is based out of Grand Forks, N.D.
Blaine will be Edgewood’s first senior community in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and its sixth facility in Minnesota. The Blaine building would have 34 assisted living units and 25 memory care units for a total of 59 units. A few rooms could house more than one person. There will be room for 65 occupants.
The building would include common dining and kitchen areas, a hair salon, activity rooms, theater, doctor exam room, library, fitness center and lounge areas.
The memory care residents would have their own congregate dining room, activity room, library and a secure patio area.
According to Mayor Tom Ryan, his father used to own this land when it was a sod farm,
His father would be impressed with what has happened in the area with the elementary school and now this senior living facility, Ryan said.
Huttunen said the proximity of the school was appealing to them.
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