LCS Development plans $34.7M overhaul of south KC senior living project

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $34.7 million Kingswood Senior Living will take place tomorrow, February 17 at 1:30 pm.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $34.7 million Kingswood Senior Living will take place tomorrow, February 17 at 1:30 pm.

An area leader in the Continuing Care Retirement Community concept, Kingswood Senior Living Community will undergo a $34.7 million redesign and expansion to better meet the needs of its current and prospective residents.

“The intent of these changes is to stay ahead of the expectations curve of our current and future residents and the increased demand for memory care and assisted living services,” said Terri Moore, Kingswood Executive Director. “In addition to redesigning our community, we’re repositioning Kingswood as the modern alternative in senior living with a sharpened focus on delivering services that seniors will increasingly need.”

Located on a 30-acre site in south Kansas City at 10000 Wornall, the redesign will offer new residential choices and promote increased wellness and social engagement, a new focus on physical and mental health services, and even a new rooftop dining venue. The plan also includes an overhaul of the clubhouse, a refurbished main lobby, and a new grand entrance. The entire front entrance will be lowered a full story to create a more accessible reception area. New first-floor amenities will include a new bistro dining venue, convenience store, and library.

New first-floor amenities will include this bistro dining venue.

New first-floor amenities will include this bistro dining venue.

The second floor will include accessibility improvements, a new art studio, a movie theater, and a performing arts center, which is expected to remain a recurring recital stop for UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance students.

One of four apartment buildings on the property will be redesigned to meet current and future residents’ assisted-living and memory care needs. Plans call for 47 independent living apartments on three floors of the north building to be converted into 30 assisted living residences and 23 memory care suites. The conversion will feature new dining areas, activity rooms, a beauty salon and more common gathering areas for residents.

With the renewed focus on resident health and fitness, a new on-site clinic will be added and the community wellness center will expand its offerings to include new suites for physical and occupational therapy, cardiovascular and strength training, group fitness activities, wellness classes and spa treatments.

The community is putting a renewed focus on its current and prospective residents’ health and wellness.

The community is putting a renewed focus on its current and prospective residents’ health and wellness.

On top of those additions, Kingswood has acquired a piece of land adjacent to the campus, where it plans to build 11 new 1,500 to 1,800-square-foot villas, which offer independent living in a neighborhood of maintenance-free, single-dwelling and duplex homes.

“From studio apartments to villas, Kingswood offers residents the complete spectrum of residential choices,” said Jason Jorgenson, Senior Project Development Manager of LCS Development, which leads the development team for the Kingswood project. “Each comes with spacious floor plans, appealing neighborhood settings and easy access to the entire community and additional health services as needed.”

The entire project includes a total redesign of 71,203 square feet and an expansion of 5,877 square feet.

A groundbreaking will kick off the project on Wednesday, Feb 17, at 1:30 pm at 1000 Wornal Road in Kansas City, Mo. The project team includes LCS Development, Paric Construction, AG Architecture, AMAI Architecture, Spellman Brady and Company and Cain Brothers. Various phases of the project will be completed this year, with the final project completion expected in April 2017.