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ActivCare facility to be finished in December

The new ActivCare assisted living facility has started accepting reservations, it is about 25 percent full. Courtesy image

An assisted-living facility catering to those with memory loss-related diseases is under construction in San Diego.

ActivCare at Mission Bay on 2440 Grand Ave. will be completed this December, said Kevin Moriarty, vice president of development for ActivCare Living.

Residents at ActivCare can take advantage of a putting green, a hair and nail salon, and large common areas for movies, exercise and numerous activities.

There will be an on-site nurse at the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Work started in late December 2013 on the $11.4 million project.

Bycor is the general contractor.Thunder-Jones Contracting Group is supplying concrete, while Collins Plumbing and Can-Do Electric are handling other building duties.James Wheeler Architect Inc. designed the one-story complex, which will measure 25,000 square feet and feature 60 beds when finished.

Challenges are keeping "a small site footprint" within a tight building area.

"Our biggest challenge is respecting the privacy and peace of the schools and adjacent neighbors," Moriarty said.

No date has been established for an official opening, as the company must obtain the appropriate state license, said Jennifer Mares, ActivCare Living marketing director.

However, ActivCare has started accepting reservations; the facility is about 25 percent full, she added.

Mares said the building and its environment are designed for those living with dementia or other related illnesses.

One example includes "triggering" elements – such as themed murals or images featuring work by a specific artist like Norman Rockwell -- to help a tenant find his or her way back to the facility's great rooms, where activities and dining will be held.

Tenants are "free to explore their environment," she said, adding there are "engaging, appropriate activity programs" that allow them to exercise their motor and memory skills.

Another design feature will be "living walls," which feature plants growing out of the wall itself, Mares said.

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