New senior housing complex to open in Oakdale

The Waters of Oakdale is the area’s newest senior housing development. There will be a grand opening celebration at the 92-unit complex on Thursday, Sept. 18. (Joshua Nielsen/Review)

Development plans at Tartan Crossing complete

Finishing touches are being made on the east metro's latest senior housing development in Oakdale. 

The Waters of Oakdale -- near Interstate 694 and Tenth Street North at the site of the former Oakdale Outlet Mall --will be ready for tenants Oct. 1. To celebrate its completion, city officials and the company’s management are hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The grand opening celebration will include guided tours, an opportunity to ask questions and some light refreshments.

The four-story, 92-unit senior housing complex, located at 7088 11th Street N., is owned and will be operated by the Waters Senior Living, which has 12 other senior housing facilities in the Twin Cities. The Waters will offer month-to-month, private-pay rental apartments with three different living options: senior living with personal care and health services available as needed, memory care and enhanced care. Around-the-clock nursing care will be provided on site. 

Redevelopment plans at old mall site finalized

City administrator Craig Waldron said the former Oakdale Outlet Mall site, now known as Tartan Crossing, has been a top redevelopment priority for the city since the 180,000-square-foot, rundown shopping center was demolished over three years ago. 

Waldron said a Hy-Vee grocery store, which is expected to be built next to the Waters, would fill most of the remaining space at Tartan Crossing.

Hy-Vee executives announced a $16 million deal brokered with the city to buy the land late last month. The Iowa-based retailer has not yet announced a tentative opening date. The company plans to build several more stores across the metro over the next few years.

Now that the Waters is ready to open and a purchase agreement has been signed by Hy-Vee for most of the remaining acreage at Tartan Crossing, Waldron says he and mayor Carmen Sarrack can rest easy knowing that the large space where the blighted Oakdale Outlet Mall once stood will be successfully transformed. 

Waldron retired from his long-time position as city administrator last week and will begin a teaching job at Hamline University this fall, and Sarrack is not running for re-election.

“He and I can now ride off quietly into the sunset, so to speak,” Waldron said.

Focus on overall wellbeing

The new Waters assisted living community will offer several personalized services. 

“We have a unique, integrative approach to help our residents build a lifestyle based on all dimensions of their wellbeing, not just physical wellbeing,” Lia Hamilton, director of community operations for the Waters of Oakdale said in a written statement. “We’ve built partnerships with world-renowned experts in their respective fields to help us deliver to our residents wellbeing-focused care services, hospitality and amenities.”

Some of the community’s more upscale amenities include a day spa and salon, creative arts studio, clubroom, wellbeing center, restaurant, café and heated underground parking. 

In an earlier interview with the Review, John Hunsicker, development project manager for the Waters Senior Living, said although the new development would offer high-quality housing, the company wants to ensure that the facility is financially accessible to local residents so many of the units may rent toward the lower end of the market rate. 

The Waters has studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom with two-bath apartments available for lease. Apartment sizes range in size from a little over 400 hundred square feet to nearly 1,000 square feet, and include full kitchens and washers and dryers. Monthly rental rates at the Waters will be between $2,350 and $3,650. Hamilton noted that while prices at the Waters are competitive with neighboring assisted living centers, tenants at the new Oakdale development would get a lot more for their money. Rental prices include: all utilities (except for phone), cable TV, Wi-Fi, an internal pendent, a continental breakfast plus one full meal per day, light weekly housekeeping, and all wellbeing and social activities. 

For more information on the Waters Senior Living visit or call 651-237-5448. 

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at or 651-748-7822.

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