by Joni Astrup
Guardian Angels is expanding one of its facilities in Elk River.
Plans call for adding 30 memory care units to Guardian Angels by the Lake, according to Guardian Angels President and CEO Dan Dixon.
The $3.5-million project consists of a two-story, 24,690-square-foot wing to the east of the main building.
The new units will be private apartments ranging in size from 300 to 752 square feet and including private bathrooms and small kitchenettes equipped with a sink, microwave and refrigerator.
The units will be set up in two resident neighborhoods, with 15 units on each floor.
Construction is scheduled to begin in late September or October, Dixon said. Work will continue over the winter and the units are expected to open about a year after construction begins.
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Kraus-Anderson has been selected as the contractor on the project and Pope Architects has been doing the design work, Dixon said.
The main building at Guardian Angels by the Lake was constructed in 1998 and includes 60 units. Thirteen of those are currently for memory care. They will be converted back to regular assisted living apartments, Dixon said.
The campus also includes 20 townhomes.
Guardian Angels by the Lake is located by Lake Orono, at 13439 185th Ave.