Business and community leaders gathered on Thursday, January 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Lexington Landing, St. Paul’s newest senior living community. Ceremonies began at the construction site, located at 900 Albion Avenue in Highland Park, and continued with a gathering at Carondelet Village senior living community, which is also in Highland Park.
With temperatures falling below zero, Jay Portz, President of the J.A. Wedum Foundation, noted “This is certainly the coldest groundbreaking I have ever been involved with, but this is a very exciting day for the Wedum Foundation. The City of St. Paul has been great to work with and the whole team that has been put together is wonderful – it’s fabulous to be gathered together here today.”
Owned by the J.A. Wedum Foundation and managed by PHS Management, LLC, Lexington Landing is situated on 5.5 acres at the base of Lexington Parkway at West 7th Street, the location of the former Riverside Elementary School.
St. Paul Councilmember Chris Tolbert thanked those present and shared his excitement for the project, saying, “This is a great investment in a great neighborhood.” Tolbert added, “I want to take the opportunity to thank this team for their openness in working with us to re-route Lexington [Parkway] through the property to fix one of the worst intersections we have in the city of St. Paul,” referring to the intersection of Lexington Parkway, West 7th and Montreal Avenue.
Kevin Gallatin, President of Highland District Council, also spoke to attendees, commenting, “In my 4 years on the district council, I can’t recall a project that was so universally praised as this one. It will bring together the need for great housing with wonderful organizations in both Wedum and Presbyterian Homes and allow us to open up access to the Mississippi River for biking and walking. It will create opportunities for folks to connect to the natural environment and to reach shopping and other destinations. It’s such a great project. Let’s do 4 or 5 more like it!”
Lexington Landing will offer a sophisticated urban architectural design and interior space providing a full range of housing and services for the growing population of older adults in Highland Park, St. Paul and the surrounding area. When complete in spring of 2020, the 5-story building will offer 98 senior apartments, 36 assisted living apartments and 21 memory care apartments. The living options at Lexington Landing will allow residents to remain within the community if their health or living needs change.
At the heart of the community will be the two-story Town Center with a grand foyer and hearth. The Town Center will offer an array of amenities and services, including community gathering spaces, restaurant-style dining, a bistro, style salon, library, club room, chapel/community room and wellness center. Underground heated parking will also be available to residents.
Essential Decisions, Inc. (EDI), based in St. Paul, MN, is the project developer. The new building is designed by Pope Architects, based in St. Paul, MN. Anderson Companies, based in Minneapolis, MN, is the general contractor. Financing is secured through Bremer Bank based in St. Paul, MN.
Anne O’Connor, Campus Administrator of Carondelet Village, the Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) community where the ceremony was hosted, extended her thanks on behalf of PHS. “We are honored to be part of this project in our role as the manager for Lexington Landing and we are eager to serve the future residents of this community. The work we are called to do is to provide and create a home for older adults – may this place be that “home” that is built on many things: location, family, friends, and the feeling of safety and comfort.”
Persons inquiring about Lexington Landing or wish be placed on the interest list may contact Dianna Weum, Housing Advisor at (651) 432-4940 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lexington Landing Information Office is located at Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Suite #109, St. Paul, MN, 55116.