Arden Hills approves site plan for new senior living facility

17February 2021

The city of Arden Hills took another step forward this month in approving the construction of a senior living facility.

New Perspective Senior Living, which owns and manages 24 facilities throughout the Midwest, hopes to build a four-story, 146-unit building at 2 Pine Tree Drive, near Bethel University in the southeast corner of the city. The company has similar sites in Roseville, Woodbury and Eagan.

Of the units, 113 will be independent or assisted living and 33 will be devoted to memory care. The 192,390-square-foot building would sit on 6.4 acres currently owned by Bethel University. The property features open space with a wooded area around the wetlands. A segment of the existing Anderson Center trail system runs through the site.

The facility, which would be staffed 24 hours a day, will employ 80 people. Amenities include a pool, library, movie theater, dog run, salon, spa, bistro and onsite physical therapy and wellness services.

Bethel University acquired the former Country Financial facility in 2013. The property consists of three parcels that total approximately 43 acres. New Perspective plans to build on one lot within that property.

At the Feb. 8 city council meeting, the council hammered out the remaining details of the planned unit development, haggling over trees, parking spaces and trail use. The city agreed to the development on condition that either the trees that will be taken down for construction are replaced, or the developers would pay a $50,000 fee that would go toward planting trees elsewhere in the city.

The council approved the site plan. No timeline for completion was discussed.

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