May 5, 2015 04:20 PM

Avanti COO Lori Juneau-Alford and CEO Tim Hekker

Avanti Senior Living has announced plans for a massive new senior living development in Lafayette.

According to a press release issued Tuesday, the $15 million development will include a 77,000-square-foot community with 50 assisted living suites and 40 memory care suites located on the corner of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Frem Boustany Drive.

“We are enthusiastic about developing a community in Lafayette, as we believe that the future residents will benefit from the rich Cajun heritage as well as the hub of business and vibrant art scene that comprise the area,” says Tim Hekker, CEO of Avanti Senior Living, in a prepared statement. “Our mission is to overcome common misconceptions associated with senior housing, elevate industry standards and create a transformative experience for our residents. We will empower them to live the life they want to live in a community that includes Louisiana culture and has local flair. We plan to provide unrivaled care in a community that will be the backdrop for life’s precious moments, with functional, inviting spaces intended to endure for generations. We have compiled a vast array of designs that blend distinctive luxuries with today’s technologies, delivering a community that is a model for solid construction and unforgettable style.”

From Tuesday’s press release:

Avanti at Lafayette will be reminiscent of the large, graceful manors of the 19th century Deep South and feature expansive terraces. Throughout Avanti at Lafayette, natural light will be optimized by incorporating an abundance of windows, which serve as picturesque glimpses into other areas, providing varying perspectives, both indoor and outdoor. Artwork created by local artists will bring the vibrant culture from surrounding cities into the community and will add both depth and texture to the interior design. Lori Juneau-Alford, COO of Avanti Senior Living, has family ties to Louisiana and is thrilled to bring the Avanti vision to her home state. Her family resides in Alexandria, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She is eager to bring this unique balance of sophisticated living, cutting-edge design and technology, and world class care to seniors in Louisiana.

Residents of Avanti at Lafayette will have access to a 58-acre shopping center that is currently being developed, a new specialty boutique and the new Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Avanti Senior Living currently has communities under construction in the Houston area in Cypress and Shenandoah. An additional community is planned for Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“Every part of the design process is critical to helping us bring our vision to life and achieve our goals,” says Hekker. “Avanti’s name means ‘forward’ in Italian, and we are forward-thinking. We chose Lafayette because it is a flourishing area that is experiencing vast economic growth and has been rated as one of the healthiest, happiest and top ten cities in the south.”

Construction is slated to get underway later this year.

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