Blaine Council approves 44-unit assisted living facility

White Pines Senior Living is continuing its master development plan in The Lakes district in Blaine.

bln white pinesThe Mendota Heights company has already opened a 73,000 square-foot, 63-unit assisted living and senior apartment building at the southeast corner of 125th Avenue and Harpers Street.

It will soon break ground on the second of three planned buildings on this corner. The Blaine City Council Nov. 7 unanimously approved a conditional use permit and final plat approval for a two-story, 44-unit assisted living facility to be constructed on a 3.58-acre lot.

“The need is there,” said Mayor Tom Ryan.

According to River Valley Architects, the building will be 25,616 square feet. Room sizes will vary from 220 to 242 square feet with monthly rent ranging from $3,800 to $5,800 depending on the level of health care provided. It would be a flat fee, Chad White of River Valley Architects pointed out in a letter to the city of Blaine.

Common rooms, activities space, rooms for resident personal care and a centrally located dining room and kitchen on each floor will be the common amenities. A commercial kitchen on the main floor will be where all the main meals are prepared.

A memory care program will be available for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Trained and certified staff will be in the facility 24/7 to assist with personal care, housekeeping and laundry, health monitoring, coordination of medical needs and assistance with medication management and administration, according to White.

“This assisted living facility is designed to provide supportive services for seniors who don’t need the intensive medical care of a skilled nursing facility and is intended to provide a home-like environment and comfortable atmosphere with programs and services designed to maximize independence and quality of life,” White wrote in his letter to the city.

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