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Senior living facility anticipates November opening, about 90% units pre-sold

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - According to George Wheeler, executive director of The Springs Living at Lake Oswego, the facility will sport a modern, sophisticated look.Walking through The Springs at Lake Oswego, there's no mistaking the Pacific Northwest vibe — wood-designed features, big windows overlooking the city's trees, and natural light pouring in from the individual rooms and common spaces.

What is considered the "flagship" location out of the 17 Springs Living retirement communities in Oregon and Montana, the Lake Oswego location, 3900 Kruse Way Place, promises a high-end retirement experience for seniors — and a more modern and sophisticated lifestyle.

"For us this is lifestyle; this is (a) resort; this is kind of a Northwest resort feel, but it's home," said George Wheeler, executive director at The Springs Living at Lake Oswego.

Though The Springs at Lake Oswego has not yet finished construction, about 90% of the units have been pre-sold, with the first resident set to move in Nov. 18.

"We have a pretty methodological move in phase-in. We are going to be taking things slow and steady to exceed expectations," Wheeler said. "Our goal is when we do open, those residents get great service, those connections and relationships are going to start early, they're going to be strong. We get to enjoy the magic with that because we're all going to grow together."

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - The Springs Living at Lake Oswego is set to open in November.The senior living facility is meant for residents 62 and older — though there are some exceptions — and offers studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom units, with independent, assisted and memory care options available.

The approximately 340,000 square-foot building, which includes ground-level secure parking and 32 outdoor parking spaces, broke ground in the fall of 2017 and is nearing completion.

The five-story building includes ample outdoor and patio space for residents to mix and mingle and various amenities and activities to keep people entertained. Along with a fitness center, a pool and a 100-person theater, there's a fifth-floor rooftop that will be quite the draw.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Contruction is still underway at the new Springs Living facility.On the rooftop, residents have access to a wine bar, a barbecue area, a life-size chess board, a bocce ball court, a small fenced dog area and a nine-hole putting course.

"We've activated these outdoor spaces to both be fun and also very welcoming as far as the space and design — (a) modern, contemporary look and feel, but still be home for our residents," Wheeler said.

The facility will also offer space for events and gatherings to help create an active and engaged community. Also available on campus will be a physician, physical, occupational and speech therapy doctors, and salon and beauty services.

As part of The Springs Living meal plan, residents will have access to five different dining menus. The facility will also include a public house, an area for billiards and a boulangerie for folks to grab an espresso and a pastry in the morning.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - The retirement facility offers a barbecue area on the fifth floor rooftop.According to Wheeler, one of the goals for The Springs at Lake Oswego is to have an inclusive environment that families will enjoy visiting.

But this particular lifestyle isn't for everyone — and The Springs' staff knows this.

Other facilities located in different cities in Oregon like Wilsonville, Medford and Eugene — even The Springs at Carman Oaks — offer different experiences. Wheeler said there are three different tiers of options for people, depending on what their preferences are. Some might prefer a more cozy, simple environment, while others might enjoy a premium option that includes more amenities.The Springs at Lake Oswego is the top-tier property that takes care of everything, according to Wheeler.

There are 60 different residential floor plans to choose from. The facility features 24 memory care units, 87 assisted living units and 105 independent living units.

The largest unit is 1,625 square feet and includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a fireplace and jacuzzi tub.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - The fifth floor offers a fenced dog area.A majority of the hiring has taken place for directors, supervisors and managers, and now The Springs at Lake Oswego is searching for frontline staff.

When the building is fully occupied there will be about 130 staff members and 290 residents.

"I would say a majority of our residents are planners and they've been savers so they've been very intentional about what their retirements going to look like," Wheeler said. "So when they move in, the integrity of our model is that you move in independently and as you age and your needs increase you can go into a higher level of care and we have set that up to where you can graduate to those other levels when the time is needed."

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - Resident rooms have large windows that let in natural light.
Residents can also opt to move directly into assisted living or memory care because those two options offer month-to-month contracts.

"But a lot of our residents choose to move in on our independent side because they recognize the value of coming in and gaining that quality of life — the socialization," Wheeler added. "They recognize the amenities and what that means. They want a simpler life; they don't want to cook, they don't want to mow their lawns, they don't want to do all those things."

After all, one of The Springs Living's slogans is: "Life is just a little easier here."

To check out a virtual tour of the new facility, watch this video:

For more information on pricing, to schedule a tour and for additional details, call Candice Marcks 503-635-7000.PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL  - The Lake Oswego building has ample outdoor and patio space for residents.


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