New senior cooperative community to serve Roseville, surrounding area

Though a weakened economy has led to less development in most areas, the city of Roseville hopes to benefit from a strengthening senior housing market.

United Properties has started construction on Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake, a senior cooperative community that will be located off of Cleveland Avenue just south of County Road D in Roseville.

The 48-unit cooperative community will serve Roseville's growing senior population, said Vice President of United Properties Brian Carey, and is scheduled to open in late August or early September.

The project's location is ideal, Carey said, adding that the site it is bordered by two parks, woods and wetland.

"It's unusual to find a six-acre site in the city of Roseville that has easy access and wonderful views," he said.

City support
The project will benefit the city of Roseville in several ways, said Community Development Director Patrick Trudgeon.

"To refresh the city is always good for the bottom line and the tax base," he said. "You don't see a lot of development happening with this economy, and anytime there's construction jobs, that's always good."

Trudgeon said the new project will not only create construction jobs, but that its operations will also open up long-term positions as well. The new facility will require management, maintenance and other staff, he added.

The project will also include the addition of a new road, Langton Lake Drive, which will provide easier access to the northern region of Langton Lake Park, Trudgeon said. The future address of Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake will be 1996 Langton Lake Drive.

Additionally, Trudgeon said he thinks the new facility will benefit Roseville's growing senior population.

Roseville's percentage of people over 65 years old ranks among the highest in the state, and Trudgeon said he hopes the new project will allow many Roseville seniors to stay in the community when they decide to move out of their longtime homes.

"This will hopefully be another attractive option for our residents," he said.

As of now, 36 of the units at Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake have already been sold, Carey said, and a majority of the buyers are Roseville residents or residents of surrounding communities.

He added that when seniors sell their Roseville homes and move into Applewood Pointe, those homes will be available for younger generations to purchase.

"The planning commission and city council recognized the need to plan for a growing senior population," Carey said, "and they also recognized that by building senior housing, they're opening up many homes in the city for younger families to move in."

Applewood Pointe offers seminars to give incoming residents advice on how to sell their old homes and make smoother transitions into their new ones.

"It's critical that people present their home in the most positive light and price it to reflect the market," Carey added.

A proven success
Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake is the seventh Applewood Pointe senior cooperative community and the second to be located in Roseville.

The original Applewood Pointe of Roseville, located near Snelling Avenue and County Road C2, opened in 2004, and all of its units were sold before construction was completed.

Each Applewood Pointe community offers a long list of amenities for active seniors, and several extended living areas including a community sunroom, fitness center, parlor with a fireplace, library, woodworking shop and hobby room. Residents also have easy access to retail businesses.

Residences at Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake will range from 1-bedroom units to 2-bedroom units with a den, and there is a wide variety of floor plans.

Carey added that even though there are only a few units left at Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake, there are two more phases planned for the project, which will likely begin after construction on the 48-unit Langton Lakes facility is completed. The first phase will include an expansion of the facility, which will add an additional 45 units. The second will be the construction of an assisted living facility on Cleveland Avenue for seniors who require advanced care.

Those interested in learning more about Applewood Pointe at Langton Lake can visit www.applewoodpointe.com or call Carolyn Vandenberg at 651-766-6858.

Alex Holmquist can be reached at aholmquist@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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