A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, Nov. 2 for a new 62-unit assisted living and memory care community in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Prairie Waters, a project of ReNew Senior Communities, LLC, will be built just north of CHI St. Francis Health.

Breckenridge Mayor Russ Wilson welcomed guests and shared how much the city is looking forward to the new programs and innovative resources that will be offered at the facility.

“We’re looking forward to having Prairie Waters as part of our Breckenridge community. Good luck, best wishes and we will watch the progress here with excitement and anticipation,” Wilson said.

Lee Tuchfarber, CEO of ReNew Senior Communities, LLC, shared information about the partnership with CHI St. Francis Health.

“At our core we want to challenge the status quo and in doing so we want to create a place of excellence to work. We want to build beautiful communities and we want to make our community an inspiring place to live,” he said.

Mary DiPietro, president of ReNew Senior Communities, LLC, said she’s excited about the project and to be part of the Breckenridge and Wahpeton communities. The facility will not only bring opportunities to the Twin Towns by way of a workforce but also opportunities for their senior residents who choose to live at Prairie Waters.

“We go into a place that we believe a lot of companies or providers don’t go and that’s a seamless entry into a senior living environment that is dynamic – it’s not a place to go sit in a chair and eat popcorn and watch TV. It’s a place that’s vibrant, it’s all-inclusive as far as bringing the outside in, to what we will provide to our seniors,” DePietro said.

CHI St. Francis Health CEO David Nelson said the addition of Prairie Waters to the Breckenridge campus will expand their continuum of care.

“We created a partnership where they will continue to take our values, what we stand for at St. Francis and CHI, and bring them through the halls into the environment,” he said. “I’m really excited that Comstock Construction was chosen as the one to build this, because they’ve been a part of our campus in the past.”

He said the facility will match any in the Fargo-Moorhead or Twin Cities areas.

After the groundbreaking ceremony, a reception was held inside the main entrance of CHI St. Francis, where architectural drawings were shared.

Features at Prairie Waters will include a 20-unit memory care wing and a 42-unit assisted living wing, with two massive fireplaces dividing the property. There will be several dining areas, a pub, a theater and a large chapel. There will be a large clubhouse with TV, several common areas and plenty of gathering spaces. Outside, there will be a garden area for residents, patios, a putting green and a playground area for visiting children.

There will be some companion apartments available, as well.

“Residents will be able to eat farm-to-table food, by growing their vegetables in the garden and the chef will prepare the meals. There will be a participatory kitchen so the residents can cook alongside the chef, and take cooking classes, as well,” DePietro said.

The assisted living and memory care wings will both have activity and exercise areas, and Prairie Waters intends on partnering with North Dakota State College of Science to offer classes for residents.

“It will be beautiful, but what will happen inside with the residents and what we’ll offer is going to be what makes it unique,” she said.

Construction activity should begin at the site within the next two months.

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