Perched atop a Moline bluff, a new senior living community is well on its way to offering another new housing choice to the growing number of Quad-City baby boomers.
It's a flurry of activity behind the four-stories of green sheetrock walls and dozens of windows and balcony doors as dozens of construction workers of all trades are at work building the new Overlook Village atop the 6th Street hill.
The $33 million Overlook Village marks the third senior living property in the Quad-Cities for the Omaha-based Dial Retirement Communities, which is partnering with Davenport-based contractor and developer Russell. The complex will be owned by Dial, Russell and outside equity partners.
"The rumor on the street is that all the apartments are spoken for — that's not true," said Becky Lee Hinton, Overlook's executive director and marketing director. "We have leased a handful."
The 135-unit complex will occupy the site of the former Moline Lutheran Hospital, which later became Trinity Medical Center. A sister facility to The Fountains in Bettendorf and Silvercrest Garner Farms in Davenport, the Dial Retirement Community will include 65 independent living units with underground parking as well as 52 assisted living units and 18 memory-care units.
"One of the real appeals of Overlook is it will all be under one roof," said Hinton, who has worked at all of Dial's Quad-City senior complexes. "When an independent resident needs to transition to assisted living or memory-care, it's a move within the same building here."
The flexibility also keeps married couples in the same facility even when one spouse can live independently and the other needs assistance, said Reed Davis, Dial's sales and marketing director. "They can still enjoy their time together."
During a hard hat tour of the building site last week, the Dial staff got their first glimpse of the construction's progress since the groundbreaking last spring.
"The cold weather has not been kind to us," said Lee Marbach, Russell's project manager.
He said the wet spring start got the project off to a slower-than-expected start, which was followed by the discovery of more buried foundations than expected from the hospital's days . But the cold snap after Christmas brought other delays until the entire building got under roof earlier this month.
Construction work has since caught up to schedule and is estimated to be done by late May, he said. The owner then will be in charge of installing equipment. An estimated 90 construction workers were on site last week. The construction team also includes BLDD Architects and Shive-Hattery.
"Despite the site work challenges and the foundations we found, the site couldn't be better," Marbach said as he led the tour.
In addition to the individual living quarters, the complex will offer resident dining rooms, a salon, gym, theater room, several common gathering spaces, outdoor garden areas and a commercial kitchen for staff.
Hinton could not contain her enthusiasm as she checked out the view of Moline's riverfront from the northwest corner of the fourth floor. "I am so excited," she said snapping photographs on her phone from the apartment, which was the first to lease.
Monthly leases will range from $2,800-$5,100 for independent living; $3,700 to $6,100 for assisted living; and $4,000 to $6,800 for memory care. All leases are all inclusive.
Dial's independent living communities are open to those 55 or older. There are no age restrictions for residents needing its assisted living or memory care services.
Davis said the project is part of the company's rapid expansion. It owns and operates communities in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Kansas and soon will expand to Colorado with the acquisition of another community. Its largest senior housing, to date, is a 189-unit Legacy complex in Iowa City.
"We'll go from 12 communities to 17 by the end of the summer," he said. "We're in a great time of growth and that's very exciting."
Davis said the aging population is part of the reason for a growing demand in senior housing, but "more and more people come to us earlier in their retirement years because they want a worry-free lifestyle."
The Moline complex will eventually add 80 more employees to Dial, which he said has grown from 700 to 1,200 employees in the past few years.
Overlook is accepting applications for a number of positions, including registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary staff, cooks, servers, an activity director, drivers and security. Hiring has not begun.
Hinton said the staff will be hired as the operation ramps up. The building was designed so that it could be expanded in the future if there is demand, she added.