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October 28th, 2014

The Tennessean
Staff reports

Construction on a $25 million two-phase senior citizens campus in Franklin is underway.

Chattanooga-based Independent Healthcare Properties LLC, which develops, owns and operates two dozen Morning Pointe Assisted Living communities, has begun site excavation on the first phase of the project, which will include the new Morning Pointe of Franklin in the 1700 block of New Highway 96 West, near Carlisle Lane.

The new community will provide senior citizens in the Franklin and Williamson County area with assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care services. The project is expected to be completed in fall of 2015. The development team for the project includes contractor East Tennessee Specialty Builders of Chattanooga, architect Hart Freeland Roberts of Nashville and Civil Engineers Ragan Smith Associates, also based in Nashville.

“With the growing number of people living longer and needing more health services, we believe Morning Pointe can serve Franklin and the Williamson County area and its seniors with more options and choices that will enrich the quality of life,” said Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of IHP and Morning Pointe Assisted Living. “Morning Pointe’s history of service in Tennessee began 15 years ago, and we are continuing that tradition by expanding further in Middle Tennessee.”

Situated on 12 acres, the initial craftsman-style building will offer 53 spacious apartments and amenities, including fine-dining areas, life-enrichment programs and professional health and wellness services. Twenty additional apartments will be in a secure wing known as The Lantern. These spaces will be dedicated to the care of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss.

The second phase of the development project will be the construction of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, with 44 apartments dedicated solely to memory care. Upon completion, The Lantern wing at Morning Pointe will be converted to assisted living apartments.

Company officials say that the project will create more than 200 construction jobs and 125 permanent health care positions.

Morning Pointe has 16 other Tennessee locations, including Morning Pointe of Brentwood and Morning Pointe of Columbia.

For more information, see www.morningpointe.com.

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