Senior living group, builder host groundbreaking today for senior housing extension

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Artist rendering courtesy of North Star Construction Management Inc.
Artist rendering courtesy of North Star Construction Management Inc.

A senior living community and local builder will host a groundbreaking ceremony on today at DevonHouse Senior Living, 1930 Bevin Drive in Salisbury Township.

The ceremony will be held at the construction site, where an extension of the existing DevonHouse facility is planned. The event will be hosted by DevonHouse Senior Living and the builder, North Star Construction Management Inc. of Upper Macungie Township. Speakers will include Jim Gentile, North Star's president, and Rick Stephan from DevonHouse.

Gentile said this morning that the company is spending a little more than $1 million for the extension of 10 rooms at the assisted living facility.

The 37,103 square-foot-site will be expanded to 40,853 square feet, Gentile said. The facility has 71 rooms, 89 beds and will be at 98 beds once the expansion is complete.

"We had high occupancy and we wanted to have more availability," Gentile said.

Highlights of the project include a new patio, landscaping, the addition of skylights to the recreation area, new phone system, two country kitchens and an upgraded generator.

"We are getting more energy efficient," Gentile added.

The expanded facility, which offers personal care and assisted living services for older adult residents, will open in early January and already is taking reservations for the new rooms, Gentile said.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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