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Presbyterian Homes & Services Breaks Ground to Reconnect GracePointe Crossing Senior Living Community

Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) officially broke ground Wednesday in Cambridge, MN, for the redevelopment and expansion of GracePointe Crossing senior living community. Local government and business leaders, the project development team, PHS staff and GracePointe Crossing staff and residents gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony held on the main campus, located on River Hills Parkway, where construction began earlier this fall.

Local government and business leaders join Presbyterian Homes & Services staff to break ground for the GracePointe Crossing redevelopment.

Local government and business leaders join Presbyterian Homes & Services staff to break ground for the GracePointe Crossing redevelopment.

“The vision of PHS has been paramount in addressing and providing services in what we refer to as the ‘senior tsunami,’” said Mayor Marlys Palmer, who addressed the guests attending the ceremony. Palmer spoke about the value GracePointe Crossing has brought to the community, by providing housing and services for older adults as well as through programs, educational activities and caregiver support. “Our citizens look forward to the completion of this building project, not only for this common good, but also for the employment opportunities and the assurance that our city will continue to grow and prosper.”

GracePointe Crossing new main entrance, artist’s rendering

GracePointe Crossing new main entrance, artist’s rendering

The redevelopment and expansion project will reconnect the living options at GracePointe Crossing by moving the Gables East and West care centers. The care centers, which are currently located in 2 buildings east of the Rum River, will be relocated to a single building on GracePointe Crossing's main campus west of the Rum River on River Hills Parkway. The new care center will serve up to 141 long-term residents, including care center memory care residents. The building will connect to GracePointe Crossing Commons assisted living to consolidate amenities and services and enrich community life. The new Gables will be designed in a home-like setting to accommodate Liberty Personally Designed Living™, the care model of PHS. An additional 50 senior apartments and 18 assisted living memory care apartments will be included in the new construction, as well as a therapy center for resident and outpatient services. A new Town Center will feature a chapel/auditorium, bistro, wellness center, salon and theater. Ten Village Homes (townhomes) were eliminated to accommodate the new construction. The $49.5 million project is designed by Insite Architects, located in St. Paul, MN. The general contractor is Adolfson & Peterson Construction, based in Minneapolis, MN, and is financed by Northland Securities of Minneapolis, MN.

The project to expand and reposition GracePointe Crossing will meet the changing housing and services demands of older adults in the region. “This is an investment in the long term future of this community,” Dan Lindh, President of PHS, said as part of his comments to the audience. Lindh shared his close connection to Cambridge and GracePointe Crossing. His mother lives in a town home in the senior living community and he visits regularly, calling Cambridge the “hub of the family.”  

Lindh detailed the increasing need and demand for senior housing and services, describing the growing population of older adults as slow now but rapidly increasing in the next decade. Trends show that the need and demand for senior apartments is increasing while skilled nursing care is decreasing. The distribution of living options in GracePointe Crossing’s plan reflects these trends by “right-sizing” for the present and future needs of older adults, and enables GracePointe Crossing to better serve the emerging older adult population.

Formed in 2007, through the affiliation of Presbyterian Homes & Services with Grandview Christian Ministries and 2008 purchase of the Cambridge Health Care Center, GracePointe Crossing stands on a rich and dedicated history of service and care for older adults. It remains the 4th largest employer in the region.

GracePointe Crossing currently offers a full continuum of care including townhomes, senior apartments, assisted living, memory care, transitional care, a skilled care center, and physical and occupational therapy center. For more information, visit www.gracepointecrossing.org. To be placed on an interest list call 763-689-1474.

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