DALLAS, OR – The second phase of the Lodge Residences expansion is underway at Dallas Retirement Village, a senior community that has served the Dallas area for more than seven decades. This 60,000-square-foot expansion will complete the loop around the existing scenic courtyard and add 29 new independent residences, an indoor pool, spa, fitness facilities and more.
"Phase 1 was completed four years ago. We have created a waiting list since then," said Dave Parrett, Executive Director. "If we have more apartments, we will be more accessible to local seniors who want to move here."
In fact, more than 80% of the new homes were under contract before the marketing efforts were temporarily suspended in March due to COVID-19. The community recently resumed the pre-selection process. "At this point, we're about a year away from moving in," said Parrett. "We are confident that by then we will have reserved most, if not all, of the apartments."
The extension was conceived as a continuation of Phase 1 and has a handcrafted exterior with Pacific Northwest elegance, says project architect Chuck Archer of LRS Architects. In addition, the interior design offers a familiar and comfortable aesthetic that feels like home, explained Lisa Warnock, Director of Housing Interiors at LRS Architects.
As a special design element of the extension, the new roof terrace will have large sliding glass doors both inside and outside, which can be opened or closed depending on the weather – and offer a temperature-controlled room that can be used all year round, says Parrett. The terrace has its own kitchen, making the space ideal for community events and parties. The residents can also use the room for private family get-togethers.
Overall, phase 2 offers a welcome addition to the common room. "Right now, our Commons room is fully booked all day," said Parrett. "This new space will really allow us to expand our programming."
Residents are particularly enthusiastic about the new fitness facilities, including a room for group exercises and a new weight room for individual exercises. In addition, the expanded spa will include hair stations, pedicure and manicure stations, and private massage rooms.
Work is currently ongoing, said project manager Albert Castaneda of Deacon Construction. "Soon there will be a lot of employees from different subcontracting professions working at the same time. There are minimal staging areas on this website, which makes it more exciting to see what happens for residents." A construction photo gallery and live video feed are available on the community website.