McKinney Community for Older Adults Will House Hundreds of Residents

An Oregon developer plans to build an 80-acre community in McKinney for older residents.The Torchmark at Emerald Lake is planned for 390- homes - a combination of houses, casitas, apartments and memory care residences.Construction is scheduled to begin next year on the project located near the southwest intersection of Virginia Parkway and Hardin Boulevard."We are excited to open our first location in Texas, a state that exemplifies our core value of creating community," Torchmark CEO Marcus Breuer said in a statement. "Each Torchmark community is designed to reflect the local environment. With this site's picturesque lakeside backdrop and warm climate, the design will certainly include an abundance of open-air dining and outdoor entertainment."The developer received planning approval for the project last year. A large part of the building site surrounding the lake will be maintained as open space and walking trails.Torchmark acquired the property from the local Turrentine family."The sense of place created by Emerald Lake is perfect for the unique experiences we like to create," Kendra Lackey, President of Torchmark Development & Construction, said. "The Turrentine family was interested in keeping much of the land natural and liked how our plan focuses on green spaces and the lake while providing a community where people can live, thrive and enjoy life."The new seniors community will include on-site eateries, a lakeside pavilion, outdoor swimming pool, private courtyards and a lawn for live concerts, nature walks, and lake activities.The development - which will be built in two phases - is target at residents age 50 and older.Three Living Architecture and Talley Associates are designing the project.The McKinney community is scheduled to open in 2022.Based in Beaverton, Ore, Torchmark has 13 communities located in nine states and Canada. The McKinney development is the company's first location in Texas.  Continue reading...

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