August is the target move-in date at Legend Senior Living’s Windsor Pointe independent living community in San Pablo.
The $22 million project is the second facility of its kind in the country for the company.
Kansas-based Legend Senior Living operates 40 residences in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Only one, in Kansas, is an independent living facility, where residents do not receive medical care from staff. Its other facilities provide assisted living and memory care.
Legends operates two assisted living and memory care facilities in Jacksonville in San Pablo and Ortega.
Vice President of Business Development Debi Thomas said the company decided to add an independent living facility in Jacksonville after hearing from residents that they would like the option.
“The demographics are there,” she said. “We’ve heard from our customers that they appreciate the product and services we bring and they wanted more. We’re responding to the customer need and what they’ve told us.”
Windsor Pointe broke ground in June 2020. The community has 137 one- and two-bedroom apartments for people over the age of 55.
While some communities require an upfront payment, Windsor Pointe leases units month-to-month, starting at $3,295. That includes utilities, phone, cable, daily breakfast and dinner on-site and 24-hour concierge service.
Units have a full kitchen, washer and dryer, dishwasher and most have a balcony.
Thomas said the community is 30% pre-leased as of mid-March. Future residents range from those in their early 60s to a few in their early 90s.
Kimberly Crawford-Stokes, sales director for Windsor Pointe, said those who want to live in the community typically are looking to downsize, be closer to family or have less home maintenance.
“We have a lot of older active adults that live in these subdivisions and they do want to downsize but they want all the amenities they’re used to having,” Crawford-Stokes said. “And this is the perfect next step for them.”
Windsor Pointe will have three restaurants on-site and an outdoor cabana with a full bar and a grill.
Latitudes is a full-service, upscale restaurant on the first floor. The Beaches Eatery is a more casual spot for sandwiches, wraps and salads. The Hatch is a casual, pub-style restaurant with TVs, billiards, shuffleboard, jukebox and a full bar.
Residents have access to a gym with senior-friendly equipment, library, spa, fitness center and business center inside.
They have access outside to a pool, hot tub, bocce ball court, putting green, bark park and workshop.
About 60 employees will be hired to staff the facility.
Windsor Pointe is about a mile from Mayo Clinic and will offer shuttle service to the hospital.
Thomas said several apartments will be furnished and designated for long-term Mayo Clinic patients to rent while receiving treatment.
“It’s much more comfortable to stay in a fully appointed apartment than it is for people who have to stay in a hotel,” she said.
Because the facility is next door to The Windsor at San Pablo, residents from the independent living facility can move more easily into assisted living.
“We can help with the transition,” Thomas said.
“It’s the same feel and look and you know it’s owned by the same company, so it makes a nice transition.”