“God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.” — James M. Barrie
As Wiregrass Ranch and Wesley Chapel continue to grow, so do the needs of the people living there. With that in mind, ground was officially broken on Nov. 2 for the new Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch assisted living facility, which is located on S.R. 56, a half-mile east of Mansfield Blvd.
After some short speeches, a group of local dignitaries planted their shovels into a ceremonial pile of dirt to officially kick off construction of the 93,000-sq.-ft. Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch facility, the first of its kind in Wesley Chapel.
“We’re very happy to be done (with permitting) and ready to begin construction,’’ said Allan Brown, the head of the Dallas, TX-based Prevarian Companies, which already owns Beach House facilities in Naples and Jacksonville.
Brown gave credit to JD Porter, who was at the groundbreaking, along with his sister Quinn Miller, for their family’s measured development of the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI), and the foresight to look down the road.
“Two-plus years ago, when we first looked at this market in Wesley Chapel, and specifically in Wiregrass Ranch, this area looked extraordinarily different,’’ Brown said. “Look at it now. Thanks to the Porter family and the great job they do.”
The Beach House at Wiregrass Ranch will be dedicated to seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living, and will also provide specialized memory care services for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The community is expected to accommodate 100 area seniors with private residences, including 67 alcove one-bedroom or two-bedroom plans for assisted living and 33 suites for memory care.
Amenities at the Beach House, which Brown said was named to evoke pleasant memories of summers gone by for older Florida residents, will include a restaurant-style dining room, a private dining room, activities room, salon and spa, theater and outdoor living areas.
Life Care Services, represented at the groundbreaking by regional operations manager Kim Nadwodny, serves more than 33,000 older adults nationwide and will be the operator of the Beach House.
Pasco County District 2 commissioner Mike Moore, who represents the Wiregrass Ranch area, hailed the groundbreaking as a significant step for the area as it matures.
“I’ve said this for years, we need an assisted living facility in Wesley Chapel, and not just any assisted living facility, but one like this,’’ Moore said. “As the population grows and Wesley Chapel continues to grow, there’s a huge need for these kinds of facilities. It’s close to home, you can go take your loved one out for the day to the mall. This is a great location for it.”
Moore said it will be nice for local residents, in many cases, not to have to drive to Tampa to see their elderly loved ones, as the Beach House will be the first living assisted facility in Wesley Chapel.
“It’s amazing what is going on in this community,’’ Brown said. “It’s become a community that is rich in the resource of people and services and neighborhoods, and it’s growth done the right way. We look forward to being one of those trusted resources.”
In New Tampa, there are three such facilities — The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve, Memory Lane Cottage in Tampa Palms and Discovery Village, which is located right across the street from Freedom High in Tampa Palms (and less than two miles from both The Legacy and Memory Lane) and is also scheduled open in 2017.
For more information, visit BeachHouseWiregrass.com.