A New Jersey-based company of senior assisted living communities is planning its first area location in Potomac.
Brenda Bacon, president and CEO of Brandywine Senior Living, said the company expects to start construction on the 120-suite building in spring 2016.
It’s slated for the site of the Potomac Tennis & Fitness Club. Brandywine agreed to buy the property a few months ago.
The sale is contingent on Brandywine securing project approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board.
Bacon said the company looked at a county planning study that called for more senior living communities of all types to meet a baby boomer population that’s reaching retirement age and beyond.
“We separately identified the need, so we believe there will be many families and we’ve already heard from people that we’ve met with that they’ll be interested in this,” Bacon said. “Because we’re all living so much longer, after you retire you’ve got 20, 25 more years. There needs to be quality in those years.”
Brandywine provides assisted living, care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and sub-acute rehabilitation in 28 properties spread over five states.
All of its facilities offer all-day dining, on-site nursing services and a program of social events and activities.
The Potomac facility would be built based on a manor house or estate home design with three stories in the front and two stories in the back.
The suites will be a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units with access to an indoor fitness area, beauty salon, club room and theater.
Bacon said Brandywine representatives have been in Potomac since the sale agreement talking to neighbors and community groups about the plans.
“The staffing, the quality, the training, the programming we like to say is not just about providing support to our residents, but it’s about having fun, giving people a reason to get up in the morning,” Bacon said.