Assisted living facility on track for May completion

By Wesley LeBlanc
Posted 9/19/18

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park will be the home of a new assisted living facility in May of next year after plans set in motion back in 2014 finally come to fruition.

In 2014, the Orange Park …

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Assisted living facility on track for May completion

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ORANGE PARK – Orange Park will be the home of a new assisted living facility in May of next year after plans set in motion back in 2014 finally come to fruition.

In 2014, the Orange Park Town Council voted to rezone a 3.54-acre piece of property from Commercial/Neighborhood into a Planned Unit Development, which made it possible to construct the $19 million facility.

Developers Orange Park Florida LLC is building the three-story facility, which will be operated by Ocala-based Concordis Senior Living. When complete, Palagio For Seniors At Orange Park will include 104 living units for residents to call home and offer such amenities as a salon, a barbershop, multimedia rooms, a game room, an artist studio, fitness rooms and courtyards for residents to enjoy.

“We started back in mid-March of this year and we should finish around mid-May of 2019,” said Frank Walls of Welbro Building Corporation, the contractor for the building.

According to Michael Kigin of OPFL, LLC., when the project is complete, the estimated total cost will be somewhere between $16 million and $19 million.

The facility, which when complete will be nearly 100,000 square feet and three stories tall. He said 82 of units will be assisted living units, meaning residents in these units will essentially be free to do as they wish, while 22 of the 104 units will be dedicated memory care.

In these units, residents with dementia and other memory-loss diseases will be assisted with around-the-clock care to ensure safe and hassle-free living. When the facility reaches capacity, it’s expected to have 60 to 65 employees, ranging from nurses to caretakers to cooks and more.

The cooks will be cooking up meals available at all times for the residents, so they may dine whenever they wish. Alongside the general meals, residents will be able to enjoy al fresco dining in the outside courtyards when weather permits. Kigin said residents will have excellent views of the courtyards from inside of the building as well. The facility will also feature a bistro designed to deliver a coffeeshop experience, a sundry shop for general shopping needs, a pub and even a demonstration kitchen for special meals and cooking classes.

Palagio Assisted Living Facility will also have a small maintenance building behind it and a parking lot with 74 spaces.

While this building will be quite large, it won’t be too close to Kingsley Avenue as the PUD site plan dictates that the front of the building must be set back at least 25 feet with the rear being set back at least 150 feet. To the rear of the building is Orange Park Junior High. At three-stories tall, the building will bring a unique aesthetic, especially for that section of Kingsley Avenue.

“[Palagio Assisted Living Facility] complements the gateway vision leading into the Town of Orange Park with a compact, three story building enhancing visual interest through articulating facades with vertical and horizontal wall movement relief,” according to the Executive Summary for the project. “It supports the Town’s stated objective of pushing buildings close to Kingsley Avenue and capturing more of a postmodern architectural flavor.”

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