New facilities at Friendship Village of Dublin, part of a $61 million expansion and upgrade, should be ready for residents in a year.

New facilities at Friendship Village of Dublin, part of a $61 million expansion and upgrade, should be ready for residents in a year.

Executive Director Jerry Kuyoth said the desire for residents to have more space and more diverse programs drove the project, which includes two new independent living facilities.

Construction started in April of last year and up until recently consisted of infrastructure work, Kuyoth said.

"The new buildings have really only been under construction for about a month," he said.

Those new facilities include the 28-unit Flats at River Point, four four-floor buildings with ground-level parking underneath and the 51-unit Riverstone Apartments, which will be connected to existing residential building wings.

Updates to the existing campus will include a new auditorium, day spa, several meeting rooms, a large cafe and the creation of private rooms for the nursing room and one-bedroom units for assisted living, Kuyoth said.

Friendship Village has had five major upgrades since opening in 1981, and all have been additions, Kuyoth said: Independent living in 1986, memory care and assisted living in 1993, a new front entrance in 1999, a wellness addition in 2006 and 20 villas in 2013.

Friendship Village has 450 residents and is at full occupancy. After the project is finished, the community will have 308 independent living units, 50 skilled nursing beds, of which 38 will be private; 27 private rooms in memory care; and 32 assisted living apartments.

Marketing Director Dan Nase said the renovation to existing facilities was to enable a smooth transition for residents from independent to assisted living. To determine upgrades, staff used feedback from current residents and conducted focus groups with potential residents.

The construction of the two independent living facilities was necessary to prepare for the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, Nase said. "In the next 10 years, this business is going to triple," he said.

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