Expansion planned for Friendship Village in Sunset Hills, Chesterfield

Expansion planned for Friendship Village in Sunset Hills, Chesterfield

Shown above is the ‘The Devonshire,’ a new four-story senior living building to be constructed at Friendship Village Sunset Hills.

The parent organization for Friendship Villages of St. Louis has announced plans for a $201 million expansion of its facilities in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield.
The project will include additional senior living apartments, expanded assisted living units and new skilled nursing buildings featuring rehabilitation clinics, therapy gyms and fitness classrooms, according to the announcement by FV Services Inc.
For Sunset Hills’ 52-acre campus, a new four-story senior living building called “The Devonshire” will be built. The building will include 76 apartments ranging in size from 858 square feet to 1,613 square feet.
Eighteen duplex villas already under construction have all been sold, and the Fountain View assisted living building will be expanded to include additional memory care apartments to total 15 with a private courtyard.
A new chapel also will be constructed that connects to both the assisted living and skilled nursing buildings.
In addition, the expansion on the Sunset Hills campus will include a “Village Care Center” skilled nursing building with 144 beds — 120 private rooms and 24 semi-private rooms.
“The vision for our villages is to provide exceptional offerings in all aspects of senior services,” FV Services President and CEO Terry Walsh stated in a news release. “Seniors want to live life fully and have welcoming access to certain amenities, broad wellness options and, when the need arises, to have private rooms in skilled care, so it remains important for us to continue to offer the best of these services.”
“Our board is committed to an enduring legacy in the senior living market in St. Louis, as we have been ‘faithfully serving seniors since 1975,’” FV Services Board of Directors President Lydia Seibert stated in the release. “This development project reflects the strategic pillars which undergird our mission and vision — enriching the lives of current and future residents, enhancing our financial strength to serve the generations to come and being the employer of choice, a direct positive impact on the area’s economy.”
Among those partnering with FV Services will be Sawgrass Partners for development advisory services, Gray Design Group for architectural and interior design, Paric Corp. for construction services, Civil Engineering Design Consultants for civil engineering services and Cain Brothers for investment banking services.
“Every day, 10,000 people turn 65,” Walsh stated in the release. “There’s an increasing need and demand for senior-centered and purpose-built community living across all levels of care. Our new organizational structure is well-suited to leverage its market presence to better accommodate the growing number of seniors who want to call Friendship Village home.”