New senior living facility comes to West St. Paul

The Sanctuary at West St. Paul, located at 1746 Oakdale Avenue, will be a housing option for residents who are eligible — seniors with an annual income of about $20,400, which is 60 percent below the Dakota County median income of approximately $34,000. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
The Sanctuary at West St. Paul, located at 1746 Oakdale Avenue, will be a housing option for residents who are eligible — seniors with an annual income of about $20,400, which is 60 percent below the Dakota County median income of approximately $34,000. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Construction was in full swing on the Sanctuary Low Income Senior Assisted Living Apartments in West St. Paul. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 4. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
Construction was in full swing on the Sanctuary Low Income Senior Assisted Living Apartments in West St. Paul. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 4. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
These renderings show what the Sanctuary at West St. Paul will look like once completed in January. (submitted graphic)
These renderings show what the Sanctuary at West St. Paul will look like once completed in January. (submitted graphic)

West St. Paul will soon be home to a new assisted-living facility, uniquely funded and meant to be affordable for senior citizens.

With construction underway as of the Wednesday mid-afternoon groundbreaking ceremony, the Sanctuary at West St. Paul is planned to be a four-story, 164-unit complex.

The housing facility, located at 1746 Oakdale Ave., will be an option for residents who are eligible — seniors with an annual income of about $20,4000, which is 60 percent below the Dakota County median income of approximately $34,000.

The Sanctuary is expected to open in January and it is being financed with both federal and state low-income housing assistance.

The 147,500-square-foot building is being built on a vacant 5.52-acre property. It will feature a brick-clad exterior and will have 90 on-site parking spaces including 29 in an underground garage, according to a spokesperson for the developer.

The Sanctuary is being developed by SCA Properties under the leadership of Minnesota developer Gary Carlson. The property will be managed by Pathway Senior Living, a national provider of independent senior apartments, supportive living and assisted living communities.

Berkshire Hathaway Affordable Housing Partners, a unit of Warren Buffett's Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, has provided a substantial equity investment in exchange for the low-income-housing tax credits.

— Jesse Poole

 

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