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Gulf Coast Village addition moves along

By Staff | Mar 10, 2015

It is now only a matter of time before construction begins on the expansion of Gulf Coast Village, the 25-year-old, non-profit continuing care retirement community on Santa Barbara Boulevard.

Even better, a new facility in south Lee County is on the drawing board, giving the elderly in that area more assisted living options.

Ground is to be broken on the expansion this summer on a 128-unit, 145,000-square-foot assisted living facility that is expected to be a boon for the city’s construction industry.

Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of operations with Gulf Coast Village, said they are almost finished with the design. Now, all they need to do is to get a land-use change, a PDP, and permitting.

“Our plan is to have a shovel in the ground sometime in June,” Ahmadi said. “We’re planning for 18 months of construction.”

The plan is two-pronged. They will build 80 new state-of-the-art assisted living units, and 48 new memory support units for those who have forms of dementia.

Phase two will have some of their assisted living residents move into the new facility, with the empty units being repurposed into additional skilled nursing beds.

The price tag comes to about $26 million, Ahmadi said.

“This project gives us the opportunity to expand our rehab care center, and that is of vital importance. There is continuing demand of seniors who need short-term rehabilitation,” Ahmadi said.

Over the past 18 months, Gulf Coast has spent $2.4 million on renovations.

Ahmadi added the company is in the beginning stages for another assisted living facility in Estero. A timeline to completion will be determined in the next few months.

While it’s too early to tell, Ahmadi said the Estero facility will have 60 units of assisted living, 32 memory support and 64 skilled nursing beds.

The new facility, when completed, will bring in 160 full-time jobs. The renovated Cape Coral site will produce up to 50 new jobs, Ahmadi said, on top of the 400 current employees.

Gulf Coast Village is also the first continuing care retirement community in Florida to deliver a contract for life-care in one’s personal home.