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Developer Submits Plans for Four-Story Senior Living Complex in Eagan

Southview Senior Communities wants to build a 148-unit senior living building at 4232 Blackhawk Road. The company's request will go before the Eagan Advisory Planning Commission this week.

A Mendota Heights-based company has plans to build a four-story, 148-unit senior living complex along Blackhawk Road in Eagan, according to planning documents submitted to the city.

Southview Senior Communities, which owns senior living complexes in Inver Grove Heights, West St. Paul, Lilydale and other area communities, is requesting a Comprehensive Guide Plan amendment for a 10-acre site located at 4232 Blackhawk Road.

If approved, the amendment would change the land use designation for the site from medium density residential to high density residential. Eagan's Advisory Planning Commission is expected to take up the matter on Tuesday night. Once they issue a recommendation for the request, the Eagan City Council and the Metropolitan Council will both have to review and approve the plan.

Southview's plans call for a four-story structure with underground parking, a dining area, fitness area, beauty shop, café and theater. The complex would include 32 memory care units, 48 assisted living units and 68 independent living units.

The 10-acre site is currently home to two homes and several outbuildings, according to city documents.

In a memo to Planning Commission members, Eagan City Planner Mike Ridley noted that 53 percent of the city's current housing consists of single-family homes—the majority of which were built in a housing boom in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2010 and 2011, Eagan officials evaluated housing trends in a partnership with Opportunity Cities. That study identified aging demographics, aging housing stock, declining turnover because of homeowners' desire to "age in place" and an increase in foreclosures in Eagan.

The city will be challenged to fill gaps and meet the needs of its aging population, Ridley wrote. At the same time, Eagan is expected to grow by 3,000 residents over the next 20 years.

Karen Dare April 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I have lived in Eagan for over 30 years. I go to church in Eagan, my kids live in Eagan, my Dr. is in Eagan, I shop in Eagan....I want to stay in Eagan. That being said, I would be very open to this facility in my neighborhood. I am not alone in thinking that there are multi generational families living in Eagan and children don't always have the ability of having a parent move in with them but if they are close to their own home they will transition better.
Amy Everpean April 24, 2013 at 09:30 PM
This sounds like a great senior healthcare facility! I think it's so important to find a good place to live in your older age. I recently got help from http://www.seniorlivinghomeguide.org/ and they have totally helped me find the place of my dreams!!
winoceros April 26, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I agree, provided the current landowners are not being "asked" to sell, and that they are willing to sell to the developers. I would also expect that placement at the home is open first to Eagan applicants, who either lived in Eagan for some period prior to admittance, or whose child or child-in-law have lived in Eagan 10+ years. We want to help seniors be comfortable, and we want them to visited by those who love them frequently.

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