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Care facility taking shape in project across from Coronado High

In a view that won’t last long, glimpses of Coronado High (its marquee along Fillmore Street and the school sign on the auditorium) can be seen through the framing as construction workers with the Mainstreet Company build the future Ensign transitional care and assisted living facility on 7.6 acres south of Fillmore.
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       Construction is well under way for the 84,000-square-foot, two-story building on a 7.6-acre site south of Fillmore Street (across from Coronado High).
       The facility - to be run by the Ensign Group, which offers similar services in several states - will provide “transitional care (short-stay rehabilitation and therapy) and assisted living,” according to a Mainstreet spokesperson.
       Bruce Boyd, the construction site supervisor, said the target for completion is the end of January 2016. He said the facility's structure will be similar to, but somewhat bigger than, 22 others he's built for Mainstreet around the country.
       The only anticipated effect on Fillmore traffic will be Colorado Springs Utilities digging a utility connection under the street.
       Landscaping will include 116 trees and 400 plantings in all, Boyd said.
       A project description, previously provided to the city, states that the care facility will have 125 beds (97 skilled nursing and 28 assisted living) and 124 parking spaces.
       The access will be from Grand Vista Circle.
       Mainstreet/Ensign is part of the 45-acre Sentinel Ridge development plan, covering an area south of Fillmore between Grand Vista and Mesa Road. As approved by the city in 2014, the development is also zoned to eventually include apartments, single-family homes and a church.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 5/7/15; Land: Construction)

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