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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:39

Village Pointe Commons touted as upgrade to south commercial district that will provide continuum of care

Plans are being finalized for a senior housing project that would be the largest of its kind in Grafton and provide a major upgrade to the village’s south commercial district.

Tarantino & Co. of Waukesha is fine-tuning a site plan for the Village Pointe Commons, a $22 million development with 227 residential units earmarked for a 14-acre parcel at the site of the former Manchester Mall.


The campus-styled complex, which would have several buildings totaling 300,000 square feet, is planned on the east side of First Avenue, immediately south of the Falls Road office building and Pick ’n Save grocery.


The site plan and a request to rezone the property for planned-unit development will be considered by the Plan Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 24.


Company officials said the project will provided a continuum of care for older adults, with units ranging from independent living to assisted living to full-time care.


“We’ve worked very hard to create a vibrant environment for seniors in a community that is well-positioned for growth into the future,” developer James Tarantino said.

Tarantino said the project, which received a favorable review in its conceptual stage from the village’s Plan Commission in November, is designed to encourage active lifestyles for older adults transitioning from a house or condominium as well as those who need specialized services such as memory care.

Village Pointe Commons would be adjacent to Highland Ridge, where a shopping center anchored by the Pick ’n Save was built in 2009 but plans for a residential complex with townhouses and condominiums never materialized.


The land was subsequently sold to Village Pointe Commons LLC in early 2014.


Village Administrator Darrell Hofland said the project would enhance property valuation in the south commercial district (tax incremental district No. 4) and serve a need identified by marketing studies.


“This parcel is the largest undeveloped site in the south commercial district,” Hofland said. “In addition, the village recognizes the need for a continuum of care for our seniors.


Another benefit, Hofland said, is that  “Village Pointe Commons will be a significant job creator with the staff that will be hired.”


Project plans call for  three-story buildings with 122 total apartments for independent living. An assisted-living community would include a 45-unit residential-care apartment complex and a 20-unit community-based residential facility.


Tarantino said a 24-bed memory-care facility in the complex would be based on the company’s Matterhaus memory-care community on The Gables of Germantown campus.


In addition, the campus would have four one-story “casetta” buildings offering 16 total units of ranch-style independent living. The buildings would be arranged in four-unit groups with a shared community room featuring a fireplace, kitchenette and seating.


Plans also include an aquatic center with a lap pool, whirlpool, locker rooms and fitness center.


Tarantino said all residential facilities in the Village Pointe Commons except the casettas would be attached to an activity and community center that would have dining options and recreational, social, health and wellness programs.


Among the outdoor amenities would be a cascading water feature designed to provide a park-like experience with walking paths for campus residents, their families and friends.


Capri Senior Communities would operate Village Pointe Commons. Capri currently manage more than 1,400 units in a dozen senior-living communities and housing developments, including The Gables of Germantown, Wilson Commons in Milwaukee and St. Catherine
Commons in Kenosha.


The Village Pointe Commons staff would provide around-the-clock care, with 25 to 30 full and part-time employees on day shifts and 15 employes on night shifts.


Hofland said the previously proposed project at the Manchester Mall site called for a residential complex valued at $30 million. Although the value of the Village Pointe Commons project is less, it would still help offset a tax-base shortfall in the south commercial district, he noted.


Hofland said the Plan Commission is expected to recommend the rezoning change, which the Village Board would then consider in March. A development agreement between the village and Tarantino & Co. will also require approval by the Village Board and Community Development Authority.


Pending approval, construction is expected to begin by mid-summer. Company officials said the project may be done in phases, with extended work potentially delaying a full build-out until 2018.

 
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