Senior Housing Development Blog Launched by Ecumen to Educate People on Developing Senior Housing

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New blog provides valuable insights on developing senior housing.

So many people take a Field of Dreams approach to senior housing, thinking 'if you build it, they will come,'

A new senior housing development blog by Ecumen, a leading non-profit senior housing and services company, provides expert and experiential insights and tips on developing senior housing.

"So many people take a Field of Dreams approach to senior housing, thinking 'if you build it, they will come,'" said Steve Ordahl, Ecumen senior vice president of business development. "There's a better way. Our goal is to empower people with information so they can ask the right questions and do effective site/market analysis and evaluation of options on the front end, which is imperative to building a successful senior community."

The blog - seniorhousingdevelopment.org - includes insights on a variety of subjects, including planning, market studies, architecture, construction, financing, interior design, customer service and operations and management. Bloggers include all members of Ecumen's senior housing development team and Ecumen partners from Adolfson & Peterson Construction; the architectural firm Pope Associates; Maxfield Research Inc., a real estate market research firm; and Piper Jaffray & Company, an investment banking firm.

Recent posts include: First Steps to Take When Considering Senior Housing Development; Tips for Building Green Senior Housing; Costs of a Senior Housing Market Study; 10 Features Senior Housing Customer Value in Design.

Ecumen is the most innovative leader of senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives. It develops and manages senior housing and variety of other senior services. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Ecumen's mission is to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live. It has been named 5 consecutive years as one of Minnesota's Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

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