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Grading starts for care facility off Fillmore - will be first project in Sentinel Ridge

       Grading has started south of Fillmore Street (across from Coronado High) on a 7.6-acre site that will become a care facility.
       As yet unnamed, the facility will be run by the Ensign Group, which offers similar services in several states, including five sites in the Denver area.
       The opening is anticipated in January 2016, according to Kit Werbe, spokesperson for the Mainstreet company, which owns the property and is developing it for Ensign. She clarified that the type of
Equipment from Bradley Excavating shapes the 7.6-acre property south of Fillmore Street that will eventually become a facility providing transitional care and assisted living. Photo looks east. In the background are existing homes off Grand Vista Circle. Access to the facility will be from Grand Vista. The opening is expected in January 2016.
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care to be offered will be “transitional care (short-stay rehabilitation and therapy) and assisted living.”
       The Mainstreet website states that it “develops, finances and jointly operates best-in-class transitional care centers and long-term health care properties. Mainstreet is the nation's largest developer of post-acute health care properties, developing more than $500 million of properties since 2009.”
       The Ensign website touts a “holistic approach to caregiving, as the several disciplines in the facility work together with one goal in mind: your comfort and health.”
       The grading subcontractor for Mainstreet is Bradley Excavating, a family-owned company located in the Midland area of the Westside.
       Mainstreet bought its 7.6 acres from Garden of the Gods Club LLC after the LLC gained development-plan approval from City Council last June. The site is part of 45 acres of vacant land south of Fillmore Street between Mesa Avenue and Grand Vista Circle that the LLC named “Sentinel Ridge.”
       Based on Sentinel Ridge's council-approved concept plan, the rest of it will have homes (single-family and multi-family) and a church (at the southeast corner of Fillmore and Mesa), with about a third of the 45 acres left as open space.
       The development plan for Mainstreet/Ensign is the only one so far in Sentinel Ridge, said Lonna Thelen of City Land Use Review.
       A project description, provided with the LLC's Sentinel submittal to the city, states that the care facility “is a two-story building with 81,636 square feet of interior area and includes a total of 125 beds (97 skilled nursing and 28 assisted living). In addition, the development will include 124 parking spaces, drive aisles and associated appurtenances.” The access will be from Grand Vista Circle.
       Included in the Mainstreet/Ensign development will be the installation of public sidewalks along Fillmore and Grand Vista, but no farther than the limits of that property. The Sentinel Ridge approval included a requirement for a six-foot-wide sidewalk (with guardrails) on the south side of Fillmore from Grand Vista to Mesa Avenue, as well as between Mesa and Holmes Middle School. But it won't be completed until the housing and church projects are developed, Thelen explained.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 12/17/14; Land: Construction)

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