Senior community expands in Old Town
The Springs Living at Sherwood, a senior living community near Sherwood's Old Town, soon will offer more options for its residents.
Portland-based contractor Todd Construction will break ground on a large addition to the Springs in mid-August. The addition will bring the total number of living units from 67 to 160, and will introduce a new element to the Springs: independent living apartments. Until now, the Springs has only offered assisted living and memory care facilities.
"Most of our communities have assisted living, independent and memory care," said Fee Stubblefield, founder and CEO of The Springs Living, which operates 17 senior communities in Oregon and Montana. "We build a continuum. It's what we find is the best mix to support families."
When The Springs Living bought its Sherwood location in 2014, it only operated as an assisted living facility. It added some memory care units the following year.
"We've always had the intention, at the right time, to have independent and memory care," Stubblefield said.
The 120,000 square-foot addition will feature larger floorplans, and several new amenities, including a movie theater, more common spaces, and a Fancho's Public House, The Spring's casual dining option. Stubblefield said that as more Baby Boomers move into senior living communities, they expect more dynamic amenities.
"This is a different generation moving in now, than when assisted living was born in Oregon in the late 1980s," he said. "People want to not just stay in their homes. They want to come out, and engage and be social, which is proven to be an important element of wellness."
Stubblefield's aunt is a resident of The Springs at Sherwood, and he said he visited Sherwood often when he was growing up in Eastern Oregon. He predicted that the additions to the community will enhance Sherwood's Old Town neighborhood.
"People like to live in areas where there are quality options for their parents and grandparents," he added.
The additions also will bring an estimated 80 full-time equivalent jobs to Sherwood.
"It's quite a few more people working there, because a lot of people work part-time," Stubblefield said. "And there will be more advancement opportunities for the staff."
The addition is slated for completion in late 2019.