Senior housing is planned for Blue Springs

06/27/2014 1:00 AM

06/26/2014 5:17 PM

O’Reilly Development has started construction on a senior living complex in Blue Springs that will include a variety of housing options.

The Springfield developer is building a $22 million project that will include 32 memory care units and 76 independent living units on Adams Dairy Parkway just south of Interstate 70. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2015.

The development, called Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, was designed by SWD Architects of Kansas City and the contractor is Build LLC of Springfield. The lender is Springfield First Community Bank. The manager will be Arrow Senior Management.

“We have a high-caliber team that is excited to move forward with such a supported and welcomed project in the Blue Springs community,” Denise K. Heintz, director of operations and development at O’Reilly, said in a statement.

Heintz and Patrick O’Reilly, grandson of the co-founder of O’Reilly Automotive, are the principals in the development firm. The company also is planning a $35 million redevelopment of the old Folgers plant in downtown Kansas City. That 146-unit apartment project is expected to begin later this summer.

The 76 independent living apartments in the Blue Springs development will be divided into 10 studios, 40 one-bedroom units and 26 two-bedroom units. They will be in a lodge-style building with a community area, commercial kitchen, beauty shop, and exercise and social rooms.

The memory care units will be designed to safely accommodate people who are cognitively impaired, according to an O’Reilly Development description of the project. Units will include private baths, walk-in showers and a common area with dining and living space.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

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