Long-Anticipated Senior Living Center Coming to Staten Island
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
A 15-acre site located on Brielle Avenue between Walcott Avenue and Rockland Avenue in Staten Island’s Willowbrook neighborhood will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, private-pay residential center, SILive.com reports. An almost two-decade effort initiated by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (known as the Met Council), the project is backed by $36 million in tax exemptions through the city’s BuildNYC Resource Corporation—a NYCEDC-administered organization whose main goal is to facilitate access to tax-exempt bond financing for non-profit institutions—and a $45.2 million capital grant from the city council.
Developed by Leewood-Seaview LLC under design plans by locally based MHG Architects, the Seaview Senior Living Center will be licensed to operate by the New York State Department of Health. Once open in 2014, it will be operated and managed by the FilBen Group, a private organization that builds, owns and operates senior housing and healthcare facilities in the New York metropolitan area.
The 103,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility will provide 188 rooms for senior individuals and couples, who will receive a full spectrum of residential and healthcare services. According to Crain’s New York Business, rents at the new campus will average around $3,400 a month, almost half the amount charged by similar facilities in the area. The campus will also include an 11,500-square-foot building designed for social and recreational activities, as well as a director’s residence and an administrative building.
According to Crain’s, after the Seaview Senior Living Center is complete, the project will go on with the second phase—a $50 million investment calling for a separate condo building for seniors that will be built next to the assisted living center.
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Rendering of Seaview Senior Living Center credits to MHG Architects