Sage Se­nior Liv­ing sees growth in re­gion

The com­pany opened Dayles­ford Cross­ing in Paoli last year; has plans for a large fa­cil­ity in At­wa­ter near Malvern

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - TURN BACK TIME - By Brian McCul­lough bm­c­cul­lough@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

As far back as she can re­mem­ber, Kelly An­dress has had a pas­sion for se­nior liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments. She and her young fam­ily even moved into one to sur­vive the last real es­tate re­ces­sion.

Now, with the mar­ket sta­bi­lized, she’s qui­etly build­ing an area sta­ble of se­nior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties that in­cludes the open­ing of Dayles­ford Cross­ing in Paoli last year and the planned ground­break­ing for a $60 mil­lion, 250-apart­ment prop­erty in At­wa­ter, the mixed use cen­ter near Malvern.

“We’d like to grow by one or two a year,” she said of her Sage Se­nior Liv­ing, based in Spring­field, Delaware County, that she runs with her hus­band, Michael An­dress, and Vice Pres­i­dent Kim Smith.

There are cur­rently about 550 res­i­dents and 450 em­ploy­ees across four Sage prop­er­ties. Oc­cu­pancy at all com­mu­ni­ties is over 90 per­cent, the com­pany said.

The prop­er­ties are:

“Study af­ter study has shown the ben­e­fits of peo­ple be­ing around one’s own peer group.” – Sage Se­nior Liv­ing CEO Kelly An­dress

• The Maples at Tow­son in Tow­son, Mary­land, which opened in 1994 and has 59 apart­ments;

• Plush Mills in Walling­ford, Delaware County, opened 2007 with 157 apart­ments;

• Dayles­ford Cross­ing in Paoli at the site of the for­mer Jimmy Duffy & Sons Cater­ers, which opened Au­gust 2015 with 78 apart­ments;

• Kyf­fin Grove in Hor­sham, Mont­gomery County, for­merly a Solana prop­erty, which was ac­quired in Septem­ber 2016 and has 76 apart­ments;

The 25-acre At­wa­ter on Route 29 near the Penn­syl­va­nia Turn­pike in­ter­change will in­clude walk­ing trails, 5,000 square feet of phys­i­cal ther­apy space and med­i­cal of­fices, seven din­ing venues, class-

room spa­ces and an un­der­ground park­ing garage. The ground­break­ing is ten­ta­tively planned for March with the open­ing ex­pected in late 2018. It will con­tain 160 in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments and 90 as­sisted liv­ing and mem­ory care apart­ments.

It will in­cor­po­rate the Sage phi­los­o­phy that se­nior ci­ti­zens are health­ier when they age in a com­mu­nal at­mos­phere rather than ag­ing in place in their homes.

“We be­lieve iso­la­tion will kill you as fast as sugar and salt,” An­dress said. “Study af­ter study has shown the ben­e­fits of peo­ple be­ing around one’s own peer group.”

An­dress was raised on a 4,000-acre farm in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Im­pe­rial Val­ley.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity, she started her ca­reer with Sun­rise Se­nior Liv­ing, where she served as vice pres­i­dent of fi­nance and de­vel­op­ment from 1989 to 1994. Since then, she has been closely in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of more than 20 com­mu­ni­ties in the North­east and Mid-At­lantic; de­vel­op­ing, ac­quir­ing and op­er­at­ing se­nior com­mu­ni­ties at all lev­els of in­de­pen­dence and care.

In 2007, as the econ­omy col­lapsed, the An­dresses – mom, dad, two chil­dren and the dog – moved into one of their se­nior com­mu­ni­ties, Plush Mills in Walling­ford, so they could lease their house and ride out the down­turn.

“The school bus used to pull up in the morn­ing and our kids would get on and they would go to school,” An­dress, 50, re­called with a laugh. “And then in the af­ter­noons four kids would get off the bus be­cause some of the grand­par­ents were watch­ing them af­ter school. Our daugh­ter al­ways says she had 100 grand­par­ents.

“It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “I know what that tran­si­tion is like – to go through the lobby in­stead of the garage (to get into your house). I know what it’s like when some­one you know passes – that power of col­lec­tive sup­port.”

With the num­ber of older adults in Penn­syl­va­nia now ex­ceed­ing 2.1 mil­lion — the fifth-high­est of any state in the coun­try — An­dress be­lieves the Sage prod­uct will con­tinue to be in de­mand.

The stuffy, Vic­to­rian model is out and bright liv­ing spa­ces are in, she said. The lobby at Dayles­ford Cross­ing has the feel of a ho­tel with a concierge, a bar, a café and com­mon spa­ces. An­dress refers to Dayles­ford as “a cruise ship with a small hos­pi­tal in it.”

The rents at Dayles­ford Cross­ing range from $3,500 a month to $7,000 a month for res­i­dents who need med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

“This is purely rental,” she said. “There is no big up front en­trance fee keep­ing our res­i­dents here. We have to keep them happy – and that’s the way we like it.”

To con­tact Busi­ness Ed­i­tor Brian McCul­lough, call 610-235-2655 or send an email to bm­c­cul­lough@dai­ly­lo­cal.com.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dayles­ford Cross­ing res­i­dents en­joy a bridge game in the com­mu­nity area.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Sage Se­nior Liv­ing CEO Kelly An­dress speaks about Dayles­ford Cross­ing in one of the res­i­dences.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Dayles­ford Cross­ing com­mu­nity area in­cludes a plant wall.

PHO­TOS BY PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The com­mon area at Dayles­ford Cross­ing. The com­mu­nity tele­vi­sion area at Dayles­ford Cross­ing.

Cafe-style seat­ing is avail­able for meals any­time at Dayles­ford Cross­ing.

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