PALM BEACH GARDENS – Construction workers have raised the roof at the site of the future Arcadia Gardens independent living community on RCA Boulevard.
Eight months after the first shovels of dirt were turned at the $60 million luxury rental community for active seniors, a new roof has been fastened to the complex’s 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, while work continues on a pair of residential structures.
When complete next year, the complex for people ages 55 and older will feature 220 one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom suites in two buildings on top of a parking area, as well as a state-of-the-art clubhouse. It is being built on land previously occupied by the Amara Shrine Center, which was demolished last November. The adjacent Moose Lodge building will remain.
Construction has continued throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the project remains on schedule, said Michael Uccellini, president, and chief executive officer of Troy, N.Y.-based United Group of Companies, Inc., which is developing the project with Palm Beach Gardens-based Sina Companies and Aztec Group, Inc., a Miami-based investment and merchant banking firm.
The clubhouse is expected to be complete in March, while the residential buildings will be ready for occupancy next summer.
“We are thrilled with the construction progress we have made during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Uccellini said.
The clubhouse will include a living room and fireplace, a commercial kitchen with optional dining programs, a dining room and lounge, a game room, an arts and crafts room, a media center, a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, and a private salon and spa.
All the apartments will have a screened-in patio, a kitchen, a washer-dryer, luxury finishes, and 9-foot ceilings.
Outdoor facilities include a resort-style pool; kitchen and fire pit; croquet, pickleball, and bocce courts; a community garden; a dog park; and a private lake with walking paths.
Residents will have access to the Senior Umbrella Network Program, which offers fitness and aqua aerobics classes as well as other health and wellness services, finance, legal and administrative support, transportation services to stores, pharmacies, and restaurants, education and lifelong learning seminars, and a monthly calendar of social events.
The project has generated a great deal of interest among potential residents, said Malcolm Sina, executive chairman of Sina Companies.
Arcadia Gardens’ website has drawn more than 700 visitors during the last 30 days, Sina said, and there are at least 200 prospective renters. Several already have placed deposits.
Rents start at $2,535 for one-bedroom apartments and $3,450 for two-bedroom apartments.
A sales trailer is in the process of being approved by the city of Palm Beach Gardens, Sina said and should be in place at the construction site by early September. It will be removed once the clubhouse opens in March.
The Arcadia Gardens independent living complex for ages 55 and older will feature 220 one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom suites in two buildings on top of a parking area, as well as a state-of-the art clubhouse. DAMON HIGGINS/palmbeachpost.com