Immanuel Lutheran Communities Announces Campus Redevelopment at Buffalo Hill Terrace

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Expansion Will Include 36 New Independent Living Residences

In response to a growing need for high-quality senior living options, Immanuel Lutheran Communities announces a campus redevelopment project at its existing Buffalo Hill Terrace community. The redevelopment will include 36 new independent living residences at The Villas at Buffalo Hill, an auditorium/chapel, pool, fitness center, salon/spa, underbuilding parking and a dining room, as well as a coffee bar and lounge. The project will include the addition of 24 assisted living apartment residences for individuals with memory loss, a memory care garden and updates to the existing skilled nursing portion of the community. The project will also expand the Retreat at Buffalo Hill, which has been nationally recognized for architecture and design awards, to include new residences for short-stay therapy services and a new 2000 square foot rehabilitation and therapy center.

Total cost for the entire campus expansion and renovation is estimated to be $45 million. The project will be rolled out in phases over a five-year period, beginning next spring.

“As Baby Boomers retire in greater numbers, we’re looking forward to continuing to be the area leader in senior living,” said Jason Cronk, CEO of Immanuel Lutheran Communities. “As the only continuing care retirement community in northwest Montana, our beautifully landscaped campus already offers a wonderful environment for our residents, and these enhancements and additions will only make it better."

Cronk says the independent living apartments will include one- and two-bedroom options.

“These apartments will be made to feel like home,” said Cronk. “They’ll have everything from a balcony to a fireplace, granite countertops, full-size washer and dryer, and more.”

Immanuel Lutheran Communities has named CJMW Architecture of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and MMW Architects of Missoula as architectural partners on the project. Additional partners include Swank Enterprises, a local contractor; Sawgrass Partners, a senior living developer and advisor based in Illinois; local engineering company Morrison Maierle; Studio 121, an interior design firm based in Nashville, Tennessee; and Corsi Associates, a foodservice consulting firm based in Pennsylvania.

The redevelopment project will go before the city planning board in October. It comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that Immanuel Lutheran Communities plans to develop Timber Meadows, a new apartment community for seniors on a low or fixed income, located near downtown Kalispell at 41 Meridian Court.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Bell, GlynnDevins, 913-317-2243

About Immanuel Lutheran Communities
Immanuel Lutheran Communities is a nonprofit organization offering Independent residential living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation services and skilled nursing care in Kalispell. Operating since 1957, Immanuel Lutheran remains committed to its philosophy of providing a faith-based environment to enrich the lives of older adults.

For more information, call (406) 752-9624.


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