Fulton senior housing project close to groundbreaking

The Waters project is a 90-unit, five-level senior housing complex that will also have 21 units for those with memory loss.

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It’s been 13 months since the Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a senior housing development in the Fulton neighborhood. Residents might be scratching their heads as to why construction hasn’t begun.

The Waters project is a 90-unit, five-level senior housing complex that will also have 21 units for those with memory loss. It was supposed to begin construction last spring near the intersection of 50th and Beard.

The project’s architect, Steve Oakley of ESG, said the city permitting process took longer than expected, plus the developer, The Waters Senior Living of Minnetonka, was busy with two other developments.

“It was partly getting the building permit process through the city took longer than we thought it might, and (The Waters) had several other projects on their plate at the same time,” Oakley said. “They have one going in Plymouth and one going in Edina, and so it was kind of doing first things first.”

Oakley said the construction contractor would be mobilizing in March, with a likely April groundbreaking. He said construction would likely last 12 to 14 months, so the facility wouldn’t be open until next summer.