Fort Worth's Civitas Senior Living to Build New Community in Scenic Flagstaff, Arizona

Fast-growing Fort Worth senior living operator Civitas Senior Living will build a new 204-unit community in Flagstaff, Ariz., as part of a major expansion in five states.Civitas Senior Living is partnering with developer Desert Land Group on the Arizona project, which will be called The Bluffs of Flagstaff when it opens in 2021. The campus will include independent living, assisted living and memory care residences."We are looking forward to being a part of the steady economic growth Flagstaff has experienced over the last several years," said Civitas Senior Living founder and CEO Wayne Powell in a statement. "Not only will our community offer seniors a great living experience, but it will also bring a variety of new economic and employment opportunities to the area."Flagstaff is one of the fastest-growing areas of Arizona, with its population ballooning nearly 20% in a decade to 72,000 residents. It's a popular tourism gateway to the Grand Canyon and national parks in Utah.Civitas Senior Living, the second-largest Texas-based senior living operator, has grown from a small company with five founders and a single community seven years ago to a 2,000-employee operation in seven states. It has 60 communities operating or under construction.The company is in the middle of a two-year building spurt in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Kentucky, Powell told trade publication Senior Housing News in April. It has projects under way in Fort Worth, Red Oak, Roanoke, Sachse, Midlothian, Wimberly, Buda, Azle, Cibolo, Kyle and Weatherford in Texas, Lake Havasu in Arizona, Littleton in Colorado, Prospect in Kentucky and Bradenton, Cape Coral and Orange City in Florida, according to its website.The 210,572-square-foot Flagstaff community will have 120 independent living, 66 assisted living, and 18 memory care apartments. Amenities will include an indoor pool, a putting green, dog parks, and a pub and lounge. It will be built in a heavily forested area to take advantage of Flagstaff's natural landscape."Flagstaff is known for its gorgeous surroundings and delightful, four-season climate," said Desert Land Group CEO Mychal Gorden. "We wanted to make sure our residents were able to experience the natural beauty of Flagstaff without sacrificing convenience."In March, Civitas Senior Living moved its 72 corporate employees into a new headquarters on Fort Worth's Upper West Side. It occupies about 15,000 square feet at Lexington Place."Civitas Senior Living has grown quickly and substantially over the past couple of years," Powell said at the time. "Now is the perfect time to put down roots and define ourselves within a more permanent space."Dallas-based Capital Senior Living Corp. is the largest Texas-based senior living operator, with 128 communities in 23 states and revenue of $460 million last year.  Continue reading...

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