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The Grande senior living kicks off second phase of construction

BROOKSVILLE — Demand for independent and assisted living apartments for senior citizens is fueling expansion of the Grande, a repurposing of the former Brooksville Regional Hospital building that began in 2008.

The original 75 units are occupied.

"We have a waiting list," said Carly Theilen, marketing director for management firm TJM Properties of Tampa and Clearwater.

As proposed to the Hernando County Commission when it approved selling the county-owned building, the developer and TJM Properties have embarked on a second construction phase that will add 83 units, expected to be completed by Aug. 1.

The total estimated cost for both the first and second phases is between $10 million and $13 million, said Bill Rain, president of Metro Bay Development of Tampa, the property developer.

The general contractor Sinclair Group of Tampa, started work on the second phase in December. Interior demolition and exterior refurbishing had been completed earlier.

"Our contract is to build out space inside the building," Sinclair's Christopher Hicks said.

Local companies subcontracted include Avalon Painting of Spring Hill, Innovative Construction Inc. of Spring Hill for framing and drywall construction, and Specialty Installation Inc. of New Port Richey for provisions such as bathroom accessories, mirrors and fire extinguishers. Contracts for flooring and household appliances are still open and are expected to go to local vendors, Hicks said.

The expansion will add 33 independent units and about 50 assisted living units. The Grande originally opened with 60 independent living units but converted 15 of them to assisted living, TJM regional sales coordinator Janice Lindmar said.

Amenities already in place for both independent and assisted living residents include a theater and ballroom, beauty salon, dining room, library, entertainment center and physician's offices.

Also provided are three prepared daily meals, weekly housekeeping, maintenance service, laundry facilities, individual heat and air conditioning controls, 24-hour security, a bus for local transportation and daily organized activities.

As the number of residents increases, Lindmar said, staff will be added. Plans call for an additional maintenance technician, two housekeepers, several more kitchen and dining staffers, up to 10 resident aides, a nurse, an activities staffer, a full-time bus driver, an assisted living leader and three more front desk workers.

Monthly rental rates during a current presale special range from $1,400 for all-inclusive independent living to $3,000 for two-bedroom apartments with patios. Assisted living rates start at $2,450 a month, for which Medicaid Diversion Program participation is accepted.

Beth Gray can be contacted at graybethn@earthlink.net.

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For information about the Grande, 725 DeSoto Ave. in the former Brooksville Regional Hospital facility, call Carly Theilen at (352) 544-0944. Tours can be arranged.

The Grande senior living kicks off second phase of construction 05/24/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:17pm]

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