Greenfield new senior living complex features post COVID-19 design

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A new senior living community in Greenfield, which went through several design changes over the last several years, has broken ground and plans to open in early spring 2023.

The Woods, a 120-unit ranch-style senior living development at 11800 W. Edgerton Ave., will feature a “post COVID-19 design,” according to a news release from GreatLife Communities, giving each resident their own ranch home with a private front door entry and patio.

The neighborhood of connected leased residences will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans on an 11.38-acre parcel just west of Whitnall Middle School.

The south neighborhood will contain 58 one-bedroom residences and 14 two-bedroom residences, all with laundry, full kitchens and available underground parking, according to the GreatLife Communities website. Residents will have access to a community room, exercise gym, lounge, general store, beauty shop and a food service area.

The north neighborhood will feature 48 studio units, each with a small kitchenette and private full bathroom. The studios will have a private front entry and patio, along with a back door for interior access to community amenities. The common spaces will include a dining room, food service area, telehealth room, activity area and a beauty shop.

Other available amenities and services at the complex will include chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, transportation, personal care services, nature walking trails and a dog wash.

Construction on The Woods is underground

Ground was broken March 21.

Developer Greg Petrauski, who has a long history of building senior living communities and healthcare facilities, said he’s glad construction is finally underway.

“Despite the years of challenges to develop this property, including COVID-19, we are grateful to finally start moving dirt and create the next generation senior living neighborhood community,” Petrauski said in an email. “Allowing seniors to live with the privacy of their own residence along with the benefits of community and service is well overdue.”

Monthly rents will start in the low- to mid-$2,000s, depending on specific service options and the residence layout chosen, Petrauski said.

Rents for each unit type include one home-cooked meal per day, housekeeping, maintenance and full use of all community amenities, he said.

Those wishing to reserve a unit can download, print and fill out a deposit agreement on the “Leasing” tab of GreatLife’s website.

The project went through several changes before approval

The project was given final approval by the city’s common council in January 2021, according to Greenfield Community Development Manager Kristi Porter.

Small adjustments were made to the number of units in April 2021 and November 2021, she said.

Permits for the project were issued by the city on March 15.

The plan is a wall-down version of what Petrauski originally proposed, and won’t reach nearly as high into the sky.

Petrauski presented a plan in 2019 for a 192-unit complex that would have been four stories high.

It was rejected by the common council because of concerns about the building height, size, density and traffic impact, according to city documents.

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Contact Bob Dohr at 262-361-9140 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @BobDohr1.

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