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Groundbreaking Held for Senior Living Community at Cottage

A unique partnership between Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage, REDICO and American House is bringing a senior living facility to Grosse Pointe Farms.

Officials from American House, REDICO and Henry Ford Health System break ground on the new senior living community at Cottage.
Officials from American House, REDICO and Henry Ford Health System break ground on the new senior living community at Cottage.
Businesses and community officials gathered Tuesday to break ground on a unique project which will bring a senior living community to Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage in Grosse Pointe Farms.

REDICO and American House is building a senior living center on the second and third floors of Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage, which is a "first" and will be an "industry trendsetter" according to Dale Watchowski, REDICO and American House Chief Executive Officer.

Watchowski added that the location near the Hill business district will allow residents of the senior living center to take advantage of restaurants, shopping, banking and salon services in a downtown setting.

“That offers them a level of independence they might not have in a typical suburban location," he added. "They will have a great peace of mind knowing that this world-class health operation is right here at their doorstep."

REDICO and American House have formed a business relationship to purchase 92,000-square feet of space at Cottage to create an 84-unit, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for seniors.

The units will include 40 independent living apartments, 30 licensed assisted living units and 15 memory care units for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  It is scheduled to open in autumn 2014.

While the senior living community is coming to Cottage, the medical center will continue to offer health services including 24-hour emergency care, women's health, ambulatory surgery and cancer services, according to a release

“We have continued to transform and repurpose Cottage so it is meeting the needs of a community as that community changes , and the needs of that community changes,” said Bob Riney, president and chief operating officer of Henry ford Health System. “This is yet another perfect example of that. The combination of senior housing, with first class medical care, adjacent to a town that offers all sorts of amenities, and then SOC (Services for Older Citizens), is such a powerful and winning combination.”

The Cottage location will be the 34th American House community in Michigan.

This story was modified at 8:59 a.m. Friday.

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