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73 independent living apartments are under construction, the first in the complex, expected to be finished in the spring.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Springs at Sherwood will have nearly 100 apartments for older adults.The Springs at Sherwood formally celebrated the opening of 20 new assisted living units at its Sherwood location on Thursday along with guided tours and an announcement of a new executive director at the facility.

"We're just really excited," Jay Leo, president of the The Springs Living, said Wednesday about the Sherwood expansion. "We officially moved in our first resident about a week ago."

Those assisted living apartments, which are on two floors, will be in addition to the 36 already in place at The Springs at Sherwood, located at 15677 S.W. Oregon St.

The new units will compliment the 67 current assisted living and memory care units already on-site.

The major expansion is the first at the Springs at Sherwood since The Springs Living, LLC, took over the former Cedar Creek Assisted Living facility in 2012. The Springs Living is headquartered in McMinnville.

Also in the midst of completion are 73 adjacent independent living units, which will open in the spring.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jay Leo, president of The Springs Living, and Sara Sievers, executive director of The Springs at Sherwood, take a walk outside the senior living facility."We've been in many jurisdictions and (the city of) Sherwood is a pleasure to work with," said Leo, about the construction process for the expansion.

Meanwhile, Sara Sievers has been named executive director of The Springs at Sherwood.

Sievers, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human development from Warner Pacific University, most recently completed the company's executive director in training program.

"This is a great team and a great community," she said. "I'm thrilled to be here."

Sievers previously worked as resident relations manager at The Springs at Clackamas Woods in Milwaukie, supporting 140 independent living residents.

During a tour Wednesday, Leo pointed out an expansive courtyard outside the new independent living apartments as well as a large outdoor fireplace and space for future outdoor dining.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - By spring, 73 independent living apartments will be available at The Springs at Sherwood, which follows the extension of Oregon Street in Old Town Sherwood.The new independent living space includes the Three Sisters Room, a large community room that will be used for hosting a variety of activities including cooking demonstrations by the senior living community's chef, who is a former culinary school instructor. Leo said Springs Living facilities are big supporters of an "art of delicious" philosophy.

"Food is more than nourishment," he said. "Food is a connection to your community."

Leo said many residents want to know where their food comes from and that The Springs Living values include using no hormones in its meats, cooking with cage-free eggs and buying local whenever possible.

Among the other amenities at the new facility will be a movie theater, hair salon, full-time concierge and fitness room. Leo said fitness classes have proved widely popular at other The Springs Living locations.

Also, it will contain a Fancho's Pub, which is a bar that features casual dining (separate from the main dining room).

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Sara Sievers, the recently appointed executive director of The Springs at Sherwood, said shes looking forward to her new position.The new main entrance to the independent living area will be from the roundabout on Oregon Street in Sherwood's Old Town.

Meanwhile, The Springs Living is gearing up to open another facility, The Springs at Lake Oswego, which opens Nov. 10 on Kruse Way.


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