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Rockwood at Whitworth breaks ground on $69 million senior-living redevelopment project

Rockwood at Whitworth has broken ground on a $69 million senior-living redevelopment project that will bring hundreds of apartments, amenities and services to north Spokane.

Construction is underway for the first phase of the project, northeast of U.S. Highway 395 and Hawthorne Road, that includes demolishing a portion of the existing facility and replacing it with a three-story complex with 48 assisted-living apartments, 24 memory-support suites and common spaces, according to a news release.

The first phase is slated for completion in January 2021.

Phase two of the project calls for demolishing a remaining portion of the existing facility and building a 237,000-square foot, four-story building at 10332 N. Middleton Drive with 117 independent-living units, multiple dining venues, coffee shop, fitness center, event space, theater, salon and spa, and underground parking for residents.

Construction on phase two is anticipated to begin in early 2020 with completion in 20 months, according to the news release.

“Rockwood Retirement Communities has been serving generations of families for nearly 60 years, and this project is a tremendous opportunity to elevate the lifestyle we offer local seniors in north Spokane,” Alan Curryer, president and CEO of Rockwood Retirement Communities, said in a statement.

Michael O’Malley of Spokane-based NAC Architecture is designing the project.

The development is a result of a partnership between Rockwood Retirement Communities and Whitworth University that will provide senior residents with intergenerational learning opportunities, discounted classes and access to athletic and performing arts events. Whitworth students will be able to obtain employment and internship opportunities through the partnership.

“This renewed partnership between Rockwood and Whitworth will strengthen a decades-long relationship as it provides exciting new opportunities for intergenerational learning, community service, academic programming, and alumni engagement. Whitworth is honored to be associated with this project,” Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor said in a statement.

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