A Chicago operator of some 170 senior communities nationally has started construction of its proposed Church Hill Village home in Newtown, which will include more than 20 residences for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

Church Hill Village is being built on four acres of land at the corner of Church Hill Road and The Boulevard, a short distance west of Exit 10 of Interstate 84 and an easy walk to Newtown’s central retail center. The project will have nearly 50 assisted-living residences in addition to the memory care suite, with the community expected to support more than 60 jobs on a full-time-equivalent basis.

Senior Living Corp. is the lead developer of Church Hill Village alongside Teton Capital and JRP Architects, with an anticipated opening in the summer of 2019. Chicago-based Senior Living currently operates one senior community in Connecticut, The Shoreline of Clinton.

Church Hill Village will include 16,000 square feet of common space designed by JRP to emulate a New England farmhouse and barn, to include a dining room, arts studio, bar and lounge, salon, fitness area and theater. Residents will have access as well to outdoor gardens, patios, activity areas and walking paths.

Senior Living Corp. has yet to create a Church Hill Village website, with general information about the company’s communities online at www.seniorlifestyle.com, and Senior Living offering specifics about Church Hill Village via telephone at 203-285-8877.

Westport-based Maplewood Senior Living has concentrated significant investment in the Danbury area, opening three senior communities with Alzheimer’s care in Newtown, Danbury and Bethel.

In a May conference call, the CEO of Brookdale Senior Living indicated she believes construction of new assisted living centers is peaking, with the company the largest operator nationally with more than 1,000 communities, including one in Wilton. In a 2017 study by CBRE, analysts calculated a 13.6 percent return on investment over seven years on senior housing, far higher than other property categories.

“Certainly the supply has been heaviest in assisted living,” said Brookdale CEO Lucinda Baier. “That’s where it’s been most intense. ... Now there are signs that (assisted living) construction as a percentage of the inventory has peaked ... which we think is good for the longer term.”

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