Senior care facility to go in place of Ealy Elementary location

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 31, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Preliminary work began on a new senior living facility at the site of the former Ealy Elementary School Aug. 23. 

A $23 million assisted living community, called Provision Living at West Bloomfield, will be built at the location of the old school, 5475 W. Maple Road.

“When we look to grow in communities, we naturally look at the need that’s there for elders and for their families,” said Todd Spittal, co-founder and CEO of Provision Living. “We found West Bloomfield to be a place where what we do would be welcome.” 

Provision Living, the St. Louis-based owner and operator of the community, operates one other facility in the state, located in Ann Arbor. 

The land for the facility was purchased in March 2015 from the West Bloomfield School District. The Board of Education approved the sale and purchase agreement with Provision Living for $1.95 million. The property is an 11.31-acre site with 658 feet of frontage on West Maple Road. The site was zoned R-15 — a residential zoning that allows for single-family homes, senior housing, senior assisted living, nursing homes, places of worship and child care facilities.

The project got approval from the township on Nov. 22, 2016. 

A few residents in the area have brought up concerns with the construction, said Amy Nealy, director of the West Bloomfield Township Planning Department.

“There were a couple of neighbors who expressed concern,” she said. “(Provision Living has) addressed the concerns to the satisfaction of the neighbors.”

As part of the construction, a traffic light on Maple Road will be moved perpendicular to Heather Heath Lane to direct traffic coming out of the subdivision at that location. Residents also expressed concerns over privacy screening between the facility and houses that border the property. 

Provision Living will use existing fences from the school, along with trees and bushes that will provide privacy to the grounds of the facility.

The facility is expected to open in late 2018. 

“This location is known to always have a real focus (that) people, no matter their age, should have the opportunity to thrive in their well-being and continue to connect to the community,” said Spittal about the location of the facility. “We really stress a lot in all that we do that we should always be growing.”

In addition to West Bloomfield, construction will soon start on a Provision Living location in Grand Rapids. Spittal said the company sees a lot of potential in Michigan and plans on opening more facilities throughout the state. 

“We’re looking to be engaged in a community that are thriving and active, that has a lot of community pride where we can add to the culture and the dynamics of the community itself,” he said. “It’s fun for us to partner with communities that have a lot of pride and community involvement.” 

The two-story, 90,000-square-foot senior living facility will sit on 11 acres and will accommodate over 102 assisted living and memory care apartments, with studio, one- and two-bedroom options. 

Spittal expects over 110 residents, including couples. 

Provision Living plans an “upscale” hospitality and residential atmosphere with “high-class amenities,” including a beauty salon, an exercise room, therapy space, a movie theater, a chapel, large common areas and two “elegant” dining rooms. 

“We want to make it as enjoyable as we can,” said Spittal. “We have a number of things that makes this community very vibrant and lively for people who live there.” 

A groundbreaking for the construction will take place this fall. Spittal said that after the start of 2018, there will be an information center on the grounds so community members can learn more about the project.