CAMBRIDGE, MN - Local community and business leaders joined senior leaders and staff of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) in a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 21, 2018, of the expansion and “reconnection” of GracePointe Crossing senior living community, located at 1545 River Hills Pkwy NW in Cambridge, Minnesota. A Grand Opening was held on Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The celebrations marked the completion of construction and reconnection of its living options on one campus to meet the needs of a rapidly growing older adult population, create jobs and support the economy in the city and region. “The GracePointe Crossing expansion of services in our community is an absolute dream come true for all our citizens,” said Marlys Palmer, Mayor of Cambridge who spoke at the Dedication Ceremony. Palmer expressed her appreciation to PHS for its commitment to the seniors and families of Cambridge. “Our older adult citizens are valued and held in highest regard. For many years, GracePointe Crossing and the city have partnered for the greater good of this community,” she said.
Greg Carlson, Executive Director Affiliate Boards for PHS, recalled the origins of GracePointe Crossing, which began 55 years ago as Grandview Christian Home,
where he served as campus administrator. He recalled the renewed mission and ministry when Grandview and Cambridge Health Care Center affiliated with PHS in 2007 and were consolidated and renamed as one community—GracePointe Crossing. Carlson thanked the many people and organizations who were part of the redevelopment project. “We commit this building and this senior community within the greater community to make a difference for decades to come,” he said.
Palmer, Carlson and those attending gathered outside the main entrance to cut the ribbon and officially open the campus. “It’s an exciting time for our community. We’ll be able to offer the full continuum of care on one campus,” said Julie Tooker, GracePointe Crossing Community Relations Director. “Now we can bring people together and offer even better service,” she said.
The Grand Opening, held on the following Sunday afternoon, gave the public its first full look at the new buildings. Summertime treats were served and activities were available for all ages along with self-guided community tours of all living options community spaces and amenities.
The campus now offers a host of living options including townhomes, senior apartments, assisted living, memory care, transitional care, a skilled care center, physical and occupational therapy center. 50 senior living apartments and 20 assisted living suites have also been added.
The new Gables care center serves up to 141 long-term residents, including care center memory care residents. The care center floor plan is designed in a home-like setting to accommodate Liberty Personally Designed Living™, the care model of PHS. The care center replaces the former closed care centers located in 2 buildings east of the Rum River. The Mill Ridge Terrace Apartments, also located east of the Rum River, will remain as an extended part of the GracePointe Crossing Campus.
At the heart of the campus is GracePointe Crossing’s new Town Center with such conveniences as a bistro, wellness center, chapel/auditorium, salon and theater. The Town Center serves to connect living options to consolidate amenities and services and enrich community life.
Senior Housing Partners, the project development team of PHS, oversaw the $56M project, including planning, construction, start-up operation and marketing. The expansion was designed by InsiteArchitects, based in St. Paul, MN. The general contractor was Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) Construction Minneapolis, MN.
For information about GracePointe Crossing, visit www.GracePointeCrossing.org. To inquire about current availability of apartments, contact Julie Tooker, Community Relations Director at (763) 689-1474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GracePointe Crossing and Presbyterian Homes & Services
GracePointe Crossing stands on a rich and dedicated history of service and care for older adults in the Cambridge community. GracePointe Crossing opened in 1962 and affiliated with Presbyterian Homes & Services in 2006. Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing a broad array of high quality housing choices, care and service options for older adults. 6,400 employees serve over 25,000 older adults through 46 PHS-affiliated senior living communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, and through Optage® home and community services. PHS has earned the reputation as an innovative leader concerned with promoting independence, vitality and well-being for those they serve. For more information, visit www.preshomes.org.
About Senior Housing Partners
Senior Housing Partners (SHP) is the project development arm of Presbyterian Homes & Services. As a full service organization Senior Housing Partners (SHP) provides turn-key project development. From strategic planning and product positioning to site selection, zoning, regulatory compliance and marketing, SHP works through all the details. When it comes to anticipating and planning for tomorrow, the development staff at SHP recognizes the value of long range planning. For more information, visit www.seniorhousingpartners.com.