$20 million Zachary assisted-living center planned

Construction is set to start later this year on Provident Village at Americana, which will add 100 assisted-living beds to the traditional neighborhood development in Zachary.

Provident Resources Group announced Thursday it would build the $20 million senior living community. There will be a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments, with 76 assisted-living units and 24 memory care units, aimed at patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

A senior living component has always been a part of Americana, which is under construction off La. 64, just west of La. 964.

“The lifestyle aspect of a TND is that families can live in the development from birth until they are seniors,” said Charles Landry, a developer and spokesman for Americana. “The idea is that families can have their parents close to them.”

The $20 million Provident Village is expected to open at the end of 2015. The development will include a range of amenities, including Wi-Fi, home health care and group activities.

The residents will also have access to the amenities that Americana has, such as the $11 million YMCA that opened in 2013 and The Pointe, an activities building that hosts weddings and community events.

“Having the YMCA right across from the senior living village is really going to be unique in this market,” Landry said.

According to the American Seniors Housing Association, 5 percent to 8 percent of baby boomers are opting to live in seniors-only multifamily housing. That’s going to create a demand for generation-specific housing over the next few decades.

Landry said Americana is considering adding more housing for seniors, building cottages so active adults could live independently.

Americana is a 413-acre development that will eventually include 818 single-family homes, 482,555 square feet of retail and office space and a movie theater. Currently, 10 houses are under construction.

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