Developers break ground on Hilltop Reserve senior living community

The former milk processing and distribution center will provide a contemporary, metropolitan-style living environment with community services and amenities for active seniors.

Ascent Living Communities, Focus Property Group and Blue Moon Capital Partners recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art senior living community in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. The 4.4-acre site, called Hilltop Reserve, is located on the corner of Holly Street and Leetsdale Drive. The former milk processing and distribution center will provide a contemporary, metropolitan-style living environment with community services and amenities for active seniors.

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The new 205-unit community will feature 124 independent living units, 56 assisted living units, 25 memory care units and underground parking. The property will be housed on three levels and will be organized around two internal courtyards that will create a variety of activity choices and experiences.

Hord Coplan Macht is designing the property and Austin based studioSIX5 has been tapped for the interior design. Catamount Constructors Inc. will be the general contractor.

“We are thrilled to break ground on this new community in Hilltop on our second senior living development with Blue Moon Capital Partners,” said Tom Finley, founder of Ascent Living Communities.“ The architecture of this new senior residential community is inspired by the best design of nearby neighborhoods, the urban lifestyles of the residents and a high regard for the staff and culture.”

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Many of the large, contemporary apartments will be equipped with fireplaces, balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking spectacular mountain views. Residents will have access to multiple recreational facilities including a fitness and yoga center, and a full aquatics center housing a lap and therapy pool and spa. Varied restaurant options will also be available with a bistro offering chef-driven cuisine and al fresco dining with scenic views.

“Health and wellness is the primary focus of our community and residents,” said Susie Reimer, founder of Ascent Living Communities. “We have over 40 years of experience operating senior living communities and look forward to managing another first-class senior living community that puts the needs of the residents and their families first.”

“The new community is conveniently positioned at the nexus of the Cherry Creek, Hilltop, Crestmoor and Lowry neighborhoods. Residents will be surrounded by public transit, shopping malls, boutique stores, supermarkets and community centers,” said Josh Fine, executive vice president of Focus Property Group. “We are passionate about creating a space that is connected within the Hilltop community so that our residents and their families can age with us throughout the years.”

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“This new high-end senior living community is a great addition to the Hilltop neighborhood,” said Mark Barton, vice president of operations for Catamount Constructors Inc. “We look forward to working with the team of designers and architects from HCM and studioSIX5 to create a beautiful contemporary property for seniors and their families.”

Published in the Jan. 1-13, 2020, issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…