Assisted Living Elevation

Assisted living facility set for Village on Blackwell Creek

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An elder living community is planned for The Village on Blackwell Creek, a 104-acre community at 2625 Steve Tate Highway in Marble Hill currently being developed by Wayne Bruce and Curtis Burkett.

Bruce, during an April 11 interview with Smoke Signals, said the elder living community will include an assisted living and memory care facility to be developed by Mike McMahan’s Paulding Construction Solutions. Oaks Senior Living is expected to operate the facility.

The elder living community, beginning with a lodge-style assisted living and memory care facility, will be located in the southwest portion of The Village on Blackwell Creek. The development of an independent living community (to be located near the assisted living facility) is under consideration.

The elder living community will be an integral part of The Village on Blackwell Creek. The gated, 55+ golf-cart community—planned for 80 single family homes—is located on gently rolling, wooded terrain adjacent to Big Canoe.

Assisted and independent living

McMahan said the planned 50,000-square foot, 60-unit-assisted living facility will have 20 units dedicated to memory care and 40 for assisted living. He expects to break ground in 2019 with a completion date in 2020. An additional phase of cottage-style independent living units is in the planning stage, according to Burkett.

“I’m very familiar with Big Canoe and the area,” said McMahon when asked why he chose this Steve Tate location for his project. “I have a lot of friends there and visit often. We think it’s a wonderful place to retire.”

A general contractor with experience in commercial real estate, McMahan is familiar with facilities designed especially for the needs of the aging. His firm developed The Overlook at Cedarcrest, a mountain-lodge-style assisted living facility in Acworth.

Plans for the assisted living facility—expected to be called The Lodge on Blackwell Creek—will include a sheltered outdoor yard as part of each building and a secure yard for the memory care unit. Each residential unit will be private with a private full bath, designed and engineered to be barrier free and with design elements to enhance the life of residents.

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the rezoning the third Thursday in May. Utilities Inc. of Georgia (UIG), the water company servicing Big Canoe, will provide sewer service for the new facilities.

Experienced elder-care operators

The Salabarria family, owners of Oaks Senior Living, has personal experience with issues facing the aging. According to the Oaks’ website, when a close relative developed Alzheimer’s disease, the family struggled to find the best care in a facility that encouraged dignity and respect. That experience led the family to open its first community, Oaks at Woodstock, in 1998. There are now 12 Oaks facilities listed on the website either currently operating in Georgia or soon to open. “We place care above the bottom line,” Nelson Salabarria, CFO of Oaks Senior Living, told Smoke Signals in an April 17 phone interview. “We are excited about the Big Canoe market.”

The Village on Blackwell Creek

The Village on Blackwell Creek offers homes from 1,650 to 3,900 square feet at prices ranging from $399,875 to over $600,000. There are many custom features available including porches, second floors and, depending upon lot terrain, basements.

The grandchildren-friendly community includes 40 acres dedicated to conservation, a general store for neighbors to meet and gather, easy access to churches—Trinity Church is right next door—walking trails, and the designation as an Audubon Society bird sanctuary.

Bruce said there are plans for a common area with an amphitheater for music to be conveniently located between the elder living community and the single-family housing section.

The Charleston, a model home and design center, is currently under construction. Single family homes feature functional “aging in place” design, such as stepless entries and showers, oversized garages, no-rot exteriors, architectural details and elevator-ready construction. Some homes come with elevators.

The community was designed with quality of life features that can be hard to find in rural or mountain communities: fiber to the home for internet access, weekly garbage pick-up, convenient access to mail delivery and wide roads planned for cars and golf-carts.

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