AltaVita, an upscale continuing care retirement community in southwest Longmont, is expanding with the construction of a new independent living building.

The building, which is set to open in early 2019, is the third phase of AltaVita’s retirement community, which is being developed by Macy Development Company. The first part of the project was a memory care community that opened in 2012. Then, in 2017, an assisted living community was added. The forthcoming building will be best suited for active seniors, some of whom may be still working or traveling, and are looking to transition from a home or apartment into a senior community.

By building the community in three phases, planners have been able to thoughtfully design each building with residents in mind, taking into consideration the type of care they need and the amenities that will best suit them, explains Don Macy, with
Macy Development Company.

As an example, the memory care facility that serves residents with memory loss and Alzheimer’s is a secured building, keeping the resident’s safety in mind. But, the forthcoming independent living building was planned to reflect the lifestyles of active seniors. The new building is within walking distance of a grocery store, liquor store and numerous restaurants. A dog run and dog washing station will also be among the amenities.

While the buildings serve different populations, each of the communities have a modern, hospitality type design and decor, according to Macy.

Serving a growing population
AltaVita Senior Residences expects to begin taking deposits and assigning units for the new independent living building as early as summer 2018. In the meantime, anyone who wants to inquire about the building or visit the senior community can do so.

The new housing will help serve a fast-growing demographic in Boulder County. In fact, adults who are age 60 and older are the fastest growing segment of the county’s population, according to statistics from the Boulder County 2015-2019 Age Well Strategic Plan. In all, the population of those who are 60 and older represented one-fifth of the county’s population in 2015 and county planners expect that to increase to one-fourth of the population by 2040.

“People are living longer and healthier lifestyles, and they’re remaining active,” says Linda Berens, the campus executive director at AltaVita.

Because of that, many are looking for independent living communities, where they don’t need to worry about maintenance, cooking or cleaning, and can benefit from the sense of community, she says.

The design of the communities, with spacious rooms, plus the fact that AltaVita is locally owned, helps set the community apart and make it unique, says Berens.

Plus, the community is active and residents are proud to bring family and friends to their apartments, she says. Many even throw housewarming parties or tea parties when they move in. Together, residents and their guests enjoy happy hours, bands, entertainment, bocce ball games and more.

Residents also have a sense of ownership in the AltaVita community. As an example, a group of resident gardeners tend to a garden and cut flowers to place on dining tables, Berens says. Another group holds weekly poker nights. Other amenities at the senior community include an exercise room, a salon and barber shop and an ice cream parlor.

Plans for the independent living building
AltaVita’s newest building will consist of 83 resident rooms, plus a guest room where visiting family members or friends can stay while they visit. The assisted living community has two guest suites that are frequently booked and have proven popular, says Berens.

The independent living building will be a three-story building adjacent to the east of the assisted living building and it will have two wings of resident rooms. Generous-sized rooms will be a community highlight, according to Macy, and most will have views of the mountains.

Future residents can choose between nine different types of units, which will range from one bedroom, one bath units to two bedroom, two bath units. The sizes of these units will range from 593 square feet to 1,223 square feet. Each will have full kitchens with granite countertops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Walk-in closets, spacious showers and washer and dryers are other features that will be included in the independent living apartments.

Amenities in the independent living community
Plans for the future building include several common areas for residents to enjoy. The first floor will include a large reception area where guests will be greeted by staff. Beyond the reception area, the building will open up into a two-story great room and dining area. Some building features include a three-sided fireplaces and curved staircase. A bar and bistro area for happy hours and other social events is planned, and there are also plans in place for a large outdoor patio with barbecue grills.

Next to the dining area will be a large commercial kitchen.

Common amenities in the building will include an exercise room on the first floor, with gym equipment and a separate area for stretching and relaxing. A massage room will be across the hall from the gym, which will be operated by a third-party massage therapy business.

On the second floor, residents will be able to enjoy a gathering space with a pool table, a full-service salon and a business center, according to the plans.

The third floor will have additional amenities, including a large room for resident functions, such as football game-watching parties, food demonstrations or yoga classes. This room will also have a balcony and outdoor space, as well. Additionally, plans include a club room for smaller social gatherings or where residents can play cards.

Other amenities? A large fish tank, which is a staple in each community. Plus, there will be walking paths, a waterfall with a nearby gazebo, picnic tables and an outdoor activity center.

The community will provide bi-weekly housekeeping and linen laundry service to residents and locally scheduled transportation to events and appointments.

Internet, cable TV and phone service will be available to the residents for an extra fee.
The residents will also have access to a 24-hour emergency alert system.

Future plans include more housing selections on adjacent parcels of the community, according to the plans, with patio homes, duplexes and townhomes.

To schedule a tour or learn more about AltaVita Senior Residences, call 720.745.8250 or visit them online at

The memory care center is located at 800 S. Fordham St. in Longmont. The assisted living center is located at 1001 AltaVita Court in Longmont.

By Brittany Anas, At Home. Rendering by Paul Bormann.