Construction on $3.5 million memory care facility could start this summer

Construction on a new memory care assisted living facility at 4400 Columbine Drive, near the intersection of Cordata Parkway and West Stuart Road, could begin this summer.

Silverado Memory Care plans to build a community with 80 beds in a 41,000-square-foot facility on four acres. The facility is designed to care for people with a range of memory-impairing conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy body and other types of dementia.

Silverado spokesperson David Gill said construction could start in a couple weeks and they hope to be open by the end of 2016.

“I believe they’ll be a wonderful asset to the community,” said Kathy Sitker, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Washington. “They’re filling a great need.”

The Alzheimer’s Society of Washington will have an office an office in the facility.

Bellingham has several other memory care facilities. Sitker said the need for these facilities is growing as baby boomers age. Currently one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to an Alzheimer’s Association fact sheet.

The estimated value of the project’s construction is $3,454,157. The project’s architect is James Brown with Wattenbarger Architects of Bellevue, and the engineer is Craig Parkinson with Bellingham-based Cascade Engineering, Gill said. The project doesn’t yet have a contractor.

Once up and running, the facility will employ about 80 people.

Silverado hasn’t set prices yet, but treatment at their facilities is all-inclusive and usually costs between $6,000 to $8,000 a month, Gill said.

Silverado previously managed The Bellingham at Orchard memory care facility. The company didn’t own the property and when it sold last year its new owners began operating it with long-term partner Frontier Management, Gill said.

This time around, Silverado owns the property.

Silverado provides home care, memory care assisted living and hospice services. It has more than 45 locations across Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

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