First-of-its-kind project to provide community living for seniors and people with disabilities.
[Editor’s note: Media are invited to a private groundbreaking ceremony
at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the construction site, followed by a barbecue.]
MN) – Bethesda
Cornerstone Village Victoria, an $18 million integrated Christian community
living option for active seniors and independent adults with a developmental disability, will
begin construction in August. Kraus-Anderson is serving as construction manager.
“Cornerstone Village will be a first of its kind in
the U.S.,” said Mike Thirtle, president and CEO of Bethesda “It will be a place
where people of all abilities live, socialize and even worship together. We could
not be more excited about the potential Cornerstone Village has to enhance the
lives of people of Victoria.”
Once complete, Cornerstone Village, 1501 82nd
St., will be a 52-unit Christian, adult, residential community catering to
seniors and people with an intellectual/developmental disability who live
independently. It will sit on the site of a Bethesda intermediate care facility
which is obsolete and now vacant. Cornerstone Village will offer apartment
homes and villas that will integrate people with a disability with adults of
all abilities 55 years and older.
Up to 25 percent of units will serve persons with a
disability. Residences will further include technology that empowers
independent living. Plans call for 15 townhome units and 37 apartments with
underground parking, for a campus that will exceed 83,000 square feet.
“Bringing Cornerstone Village to life in Victoria
makes perfect sense,” Thirtle said, noting that Bethesda’s history in Victoria
goes back nearly 50 years, and its Minnesota operations are based in the
community. “This is a great place to live, work and participate in the
community. What we hope to do is create spaces where even more people can enjoy
Along with Kraus-Anderson serving as construction
manager, the architect is QPK Design, with other key partners including the
Lutheran Church Extension Fund. In addition to this latest project, Kraus-Anderson
has served as the construction manager for numerous Minnesota senior living
communities, including Friendship Village in Bloomington, Ebenezer Tower
Apartments in Minneapolis, Engel Haus in Albertville, Good Samaritan in
International Falls, Guardian Angels Riverview Landing in Otsego, Shaller
Sholom Home East Campus in St. Paul, and Arbors at Ridges and Valley Ridge
Senior Housing in Burnsville.
Plans call for Cornerstone Village to be open in
July 2020. From there, Bethesda intends to expand the concept by building
additional Cornerstone Village locations across the country. Each will be
tailored to the needs and demographics of their communities.
Cornerstone Village is just one example of
innovative services Bethesda offers that supports people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. Across the U.S., Bethesda is expanding its reach in
residential, employment, behavioral support and many other areas.
“Bethesda’s spectrum of services continues to evolve
as we strive to reflect the needs of the people and families we support, which
in recent years has focused on independence and community inclusion,” said Thirtle.
“We are proud to be a change agent in implementing forward-thinking solutions
that improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities. We’re excited to take this step to create a truly integrated
Leasing information is available on our Cornerstone Village page or by calling 855-HOME188. Property management will be provided by Bethesda Cornerstone Village.
Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national organization providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2019. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest. The organization offers more than 300 programs across the country, and is guided by Christian faith. Bethesda’s Minnesota operations support community integration and independence through programs including life sharing. For more information, go to http://www.bethesdalc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (http://www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Kraus-Anderson, an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester, Minn.