By Srianthi Perera
Quail Park at Morrison Ranch in Gilbert had its groundbreaking during a warm spring afternoon recently.
A small group of dignitaries, including Gilbert Town Council members, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the project’s development and design partners, gathered to reiterate how they feel about the pleasant surroundings of the senior living facility.
Morrison Ranch’s pond and water fountain imparted serenity and the abundant ficus trees provided ample shade a stone’s throw from the site.
“It’s our family’s passion and our dream to have just this: to be able to stand here in the grass, with the trees. This has taken a lot of planning, years of planning; I think over 20 years,” said Dawnie Stewart, the daughter of Kenneth Morrison, one of the two brothers who farmed the area from 1946 and then turned the acres into a master-planned community.
Stewart reflected on the diverse types of homes in the community and their affordability across the spectrum.
“We want everybody to be able to live in Morrison Ranch. We have beautiful million-dollar homes with big yards, and then we have homes that are less extravagant that almost everybody can afford,” she said. “We have apartment-sized (homes) and now we have senior living.”
Denis Bryant, president of Washington State-based Living Care Lifestyles, which is one of the project’s owners, said: “For seniors to be able to walk around this lake, and the grass and the tree lines – we want to provide the highest level of dignity and lifestyle for them and they’re going to fit in here very well.”
Quail Park, located on 4.6 acres at 3333 E. Morrison Ranch Parkway, is designed on a refined vision of a large ranch home. A covered porch and porte cochere will define its entry and the two-story community will have an “H” plan configuration with central common areas tailored to assisted living (83 units) and memory care (32 units) residents.
It will have 115 studios, one- and two-bedroom units with capacity for 130 residents.
Amenities will include bistro, dining room and private dining options, salon, living room, theater/chapel, activity room, library/television room and a wellness suite with exam and therapy offices.
Landscaping will feature therapeutic plants, trees, gardens and other landscape elements to stimulate the senses and offer places for strolling, remembrance, relaxation, activities and gathering.
The cost of the 99,000-square-foot facility is estimated to cost $30 million.
The project is slated to be completed by summer 2018.
Living Care Lifestyles, together with Chicago-based real estate investment firm CA Ventures, has established senior lifestyles communities in California, Oregon, Texas and Washington. In addition to the Gilbert property, they are developing another in Oro Valley, Arizona.