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 A senior living facility is in the works for Macomb Township off Hayes Road, with plans calling for the facility to be 78,000 square feet.

A senior living facility is in the works for Macomb Township off Hayes Road, with plans calling for the facility to be 78,000 square feet.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Private senior living facility proposed for Macomb Township off Hayes Road

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 20, 2018


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A senior living facility is in the works in Macomb Township and could break ground this year on Hayes Road just north of 22 Mile Road.

Red Tail Real Estate, based in St. Louis, has submitted plans to the township for a 78,000-square-foot assisted living facility on 5 acres of land off Kingsway Drive, which is between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads. The facility would be just north of the Randazzo Fresh Market.

The facility, as proposed, would have 86 units with 101 beds. Dan Thies, a partner with Red Tail, said the facility would be about 75 percent assisted living units and about 25 percent memory care units, or about 25-30 beds for people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Red Tail already operates the Stonecrest of Troy facility and is in the process of opening facilities in Rochester Hills and Northville. Thies said it is a high-end private pay community, meaning they don’t have to get federal approval because they won’t be using Medicare or Medicaid.

The facility will cost between $5,000 and $6,000 a month for residents. Because it is private, the licensing is done only through the state of Michigan.

“We are so excited to be in Macomb (Township), as you don’t have an assisted living community and that is exciting,” Thies said. “It is gorgeous up here and it is a place to be proud of.”

When the project got approval from the Board of Trustees, Thies said he was hoping to get shovels in the ground by May. However, Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said they are still working on engineering plan review.

Township Attorney Thomas Esordi said the property is zoned M-1 industrial and has been reviewed by the Planning Department and Engineering Department.

“This is an assisted living memory care facility that we all believe will be a huge benefit to the township,” Esordi said. “This project has gone through multiple reviews and is finally moving forward.”

Thies said his company studied the demographics of the area before deciding on a location to make sure a high-end private facility would be a good fit. The company looked at anyone between the ages of 55 and 74 who makes $100,000 or more, and people 75 years old or older who make $35,000.

Within a 5-mile radius of the location, he said that came out to 14,000 people, which is in line with the the Troy and Rochester Hills locations.

The facility would employ about 50 people, Thies said, with the largest shift having 25 employees on duty during the middle of the day and about 10 employees on duty during the night.

The company is hoping to get shovels in the ground and then work on getting licensing from the state, because Thies said it can take 60-90 days.

Trustee Roger Krzeminski asked if the facility would try and make use of township amenities, such as the Recreation Center, and Thies said that would be a positive for the residents.

“We will have a bus that takes residents to different activities, and if we could have some type of relationship to use the pool, or whatever, that would be wonderful,” Thies said. “That is why we want to be in Macomb (Township), to serve the residents and make use of the community.”

Another assisted living facility is in the works by a St. Louis-based company. Provision Living is in the process of working on a $40 million, 200,000-square-foot facility just west of St. Isidore Church on 23 Mile Road.