Project adds new 'Village' feel to the Mary's Woods campus
Construction of the Village expansion at Mary's Woods has proceeded at a rapid pace in the year since the project broke ground.
Several of the buildings have risen high enough to be clearly visible from Highway 43 in recent months, and Mary's Woods Director of Marketing Cheri Mussotto-Conyers says prospective residents are eager to move in.
"Currently, we've just been marketing to the Lake Oswego, West Linn and Dunthorpe areas and have almost sold out all of Phase One, which was 144 apartments," she says. "We're 84 percent sold, so we're starting the additional 54 apartments (in Phase Two)."
The mixed-use project will add a total of 198 residential units to the 76.5-acre Mary's Woods campus, along with 40,250 square feet of commercial space that will include a common area with a kitchen and dining facility, a 9,000-square-foot wellness center and retail uses. The residential units are for residents ages 62 and above.
Mussotto-Conyers says the goal of the Village development is to create more of a community hub at Mary's Woods, with features — such as art events and a possible farmers market — that can draw visitors both from the Village and the outside community. The expansion designers also made sure to leave room for lots of open spaces and pathways, she says, to maintain the historic look and feel of the campus.
"We'll see a lot more of the communities of West Linn and Lake Oswego coming into Mary's Woods, which will be fun," she says.
Most of the new buildings are located in a space adjacent to Highway 43, between Holy Names and Furman drives and extending east to Gleason Drive. The area was largely empty and undeveloped be-
fore the project began, aside from the Holy Names Herit-
age Center at the northeast corner.
The Heritage Center will remain as part of the new campus area, although its parking lot was moved to the far side of Holy Names Drive at the start of the project to make room
for a future residential building.
The Dunn Community Center building will be located next to the Heritage Center and will include dining opportunities, a lounge and an auditorium with seating for more than 300 people. The Collin and Rainault residential buildings will also be located in the northern end of the site, along with a large courtyard area between them.
The southern half of the site will include the O'Neill and Pepin residential buildings, along with three retail buildings and a "village square" area between them. The southern half will be ringed by a set of two new streets branching off Holy Names Drive.
Mussotto-Conyers says one of the three retail buildings will likely include restaurants, while another will focus on health with a fitness center on the ground floor and wellness clinics on the level above. The final building will include additional Mary's Woods services, amenities and programming, along with some retail space that might host external vendors.
"We're surveying our residents to see what they might like to see," Mussotto-Conyers says. "It might be a florist or a dry cleaner, additional restaurants, that type of thing. It'll be a fun communitywide development."
Most of the construction work has already advanced to the second or third levels, with wood framing underway on the Pepin and O'Neill buildings. Roofing is in progress on the Dunn building, along with window installation on the Collin building. The Rainault building was the final building to break ground, and is currently still in the foundation phase.
Construction has stayed on schedule, Mussotto-Conyers says, with the Dunn Center on track to open in November of this year, followed by the O'Neill, Pepin and Collin residential buildings in December. Rainault is expected to open in December 2019.
"The Dunn Community Center will be the first (building) to open in the new Village expansion," Mussotto-Conyers says, "because we want to be sure we have all the dining services and everything available before we start moving people in."
Most of the buildings in the project were approved by Lake Oswego's Development Review Commission in December 2015, but one additional component of the project was held back for further design work and submitted in 2017: a 48-unit assisted living facility, which will be located on the other side of Holy Names Drive.
That building is also currently on the second level of construction, and Mussotto-Conyers says it's expected to be open to residents in March 2019.
"That building will be great," she says. "It'll have a chapel, a coffee shop and exercise rooms. We really want to bring a lot of opportunity to the folks in that building as well, so they don't feel isolated."
The current expansion marks the final phase of the original development plan for Mary's Woods, which was approved in 1996 and called for the entire campus to be finished by 2008. The recession delayed that timeline, but the Village expansion will complete the original 22-year-old vision.
The final stage of the campus is taking shape at a time when the overall community is becoming multi-generational, Mussotto-Conyers says, which is why the expansion puts an emphasis on creating places for families to gather.
"What's really fun is that a lot of the baby boomer-age kids of residents that have lived at Mary's Woods or are living at Mary's Woods have signed up," she says, "because they're really beginning to understand the value of this kind of community. So that's kind of fun to see generations coming in now."