Senior living project on tap for Butler Twp.

Dayton Business Journal - Friday, December 5, 2008 by Tom Demeropolis DBJ Staff Reporter

What may be the largest development in Butler Township history is scheduled to break ground within the next 60 days, and possibly before the end of the year.

Carespring Health Care Management is set to build a $40 million senior living campus, complete with independent living cottages, an assisted living facility and a 120-bed nursing care facility. When the campus is complete, it will employ more than 200 full-time workers and house at least 250 residents. That would make the campus, named Stonespring, the third-largest nursing home in the Dayton area, according to Dayton Business Journal research.

The development, located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75, will cover 22.5 acres and include walking trails, sidewalks, lush green space and fountains.

Kim Majick, executive vice president of marketing and admissions for Cincinnati-based Carespring, said the project will be built by the company’s construction firm, Carespring Construction.

Majick said Butler Township has a growing population, with 8,400 people in the township according to the 2000 U.S. Census and about 8,700 today, and a need for this type of development.

“We thought this area could use some additional services for seniors,” she said.

Butler Township Administrator Joe Flanagan said the development will provide a huge boost to the area.

“To say that we are excited about this project would be an understatement,” Flanagan said. “This will provide a great boom in that quadrant.”

In addition to the direct impact of Stonespring, Flanagan and Jeff Bothwell, economic development director for Butler Township, said they expect projects to spin off from this development.

A parcel of land across from the community has already been zoned for 250,000 square feet of office space.

Alex Kolodesh, a partner with Oakwood-based Singer Properties and the developer of nearby York Commons, said the development will mean a boost for the area.

“This will have an impact on the entire community,” Kolodesh said.

He expects an increase at the restaurants and retail shops along Miller Lane and said the hotels will benefit from family members coming in to visit those on the senior living campus.

Kolodesh plans to make the senior living center a stop on his new trolley route, which runs up and down the Miller Lane business district. He said residents, especially those who cannot drive, would enjoy getting a ride to go to dinner or shopping at the many stores along Miller Lane.

Stonespring already has spurred some infrastructure improvements. Bothwell said the township is going to make improvements to Cloverleaf Road to add another route in and out of the development. The township also will finish construction of Singing Ridge Boulevard, which is east of Stonespring, running from Cloverleaf to Little York Road.

He said he does not know what the cost will be but improvements will include widening the street, adding sidewalks, street lights and at least one traffic light.

The development itself will be built over a five- to six-year period and include:

• 18 cottage buildings with duplex floorplans for a total of 36 cottages. Each unit will be 2,500 square feet, single-story, two to three bedrooms with a two car garage; • A 90,000-square-foot, 120-bed nursing care facility. The facility, Stonespring Transitional Care Center, will feature private and semi-private rooms, activity, dining and exercise facilities and a Montessori Day Care School, and; • A four-story, 105-unit assisted living building. The 133,000-square-foot building will feature one- and two-bedroom floor plans, full kitchens with washers and dryers, balconies for each apartment and attendant stations on each floor.

All of the units will be rentals, Majick said, but rent ranges have not yet been established.

Cincinnati-based ArchitectsPlus designed the buildings for Stonespring. Gene Allison, vice president of ArchitectsPlus, said the project will start with the nursing care facility and some cottages. The cottages will be built as they are leased.

While other areas of development have seen a slow down because of the economy, Allison said senior living developments have continued to be hot.

“This is one area of development that is maintaining some vitality,” he said. “We’re all getting older and the demand for this will continue to rise.”

Stonespring will be the third Carespring development in the Dayton area. The company currently has facilities in Springboro and Fairborn. It also has five other facilities, located throughout the Greater Cincinnati area and is finishing work on Indianspring of Oakley, which is scheduled to be open in 2009.

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