From indoor pool to health club, look inside Touchmark’s $20M addition

By Rosemary McCoy

Touchmark at All Saints shows off its new $20 million addition to the community today with a ribbon-cutting, open house and neighborhood block party.

The senior-living community has completed the more than yearlong project, and residents are already using some areas of the new space.

“This changes the concept of what community living is, the preconceived notions,” said executive director Amanda Snoozy. Oregon-based Touchmark offers independent living, assisted living and memory-care options for residents.

The four-story, 100,000-square-foot addition is on the east side of the campus along Phillips Avenue between 17th and 18th streets. It includes 60-independent living apartments and two memory-care neighborhoods with room for a total of 32 residents. There’s a salon for residents and a health and fitness club with an indoor pool that’s open to residents and members from the community.

Monthly rent for the independent-living homes starts at $3,890 a month, Snoozy said. That includes maintenance-free living, underground parking and the first level of a meal plan. The apartments, which are on the top three floors, feature high-end finishes and a kitchen, washer and dryer and stand-in shower. There are several floor plans ranging from one bedroom and one bath to one bedroom, one bath and a den or office, and a two-bedroom and two-bath unit.

One home is already occupied, and there are deposits on others, Snoozy said.

“These are modern, stylish homes,” she said. “They are homes that you can entertain in and enjoy retirement without having to worry about maintenance,” she said.

Touchmark residents also have several community spaces where they can gather to visit, share meals and participate in activities and events, Snoozy said.

In June, memory-care residents moved from the original building to the first floor of the new addition. The two neighborhoods feature a circular design that helps residents with dementia who often pace, and each neighborhood includes a central family area where residents can help their chef prepare meals. There’s a courtyard so they can be outdoors and a solarium. The memory-care space is the original building is being remodeled and will continue to be used for residents with dementia, Snoozy said.

The highlight of the fitness club is the warm-water therapy pool, Snoozy said. It features lanes for water walking, and classes also will be offered. The pool water is 85 degrees, and the water in a smaller spa reaches 100 degrees.

Anyone 50 or older can join the fitness club, which opens for the first time at 6 a.m. Friday, Snoozy said. The fee is $52.25 a month, which includes tax. In addition to using the equipment and pool, members will have access to group classes and a personal trainer. They can use a new underground parking area on the east end of the campus.

With the fitness center and additional living space, Snoozy has hired 25 more employees, bringing the total staff size to 125.

The ribbon-cutting is at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by the open house and block party until 7 p.m. Big Rig BBQ, Taqueria Sanchez and a dessert truck will provide the food, and Jazzed will provide the music. There will be tours of the model homes and demonstrations in the fitness club.

Touchmark encountered neighborhood resistance to its initial building plans, mostly because of the loss of many mature trees. Touchmark worked with the All Saints Neighborhood Association to alleviate the issues, Snoozy said.

The community-living center and its residents, who are also part of the neighborhood, are working to strengthen their relationship with the association, she said. A resident serves on the association’s board, and a Touchmark director attends meetings to provide updates.

The block party is part of that effort because residents want to celebrate their new space with their neighbors, Snoozy said.




From indoor pool to health club, look inside Touchmark’s $20M addition

Touchmark at All Saints shows off its new $20 million addition to the community today with a ribbon-cutting, open house and neighborhood block party.

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