Northland Senior-living complex's $13M renovation will take it way upmarket

The Grand Royale, a high-end senior-living facility, is set to open in Gladstone on Aug. 1.

The Grand Royale, a high-end senior-living facility, is set to open in Gladstone on Aug. 1. With a 1920s-inspired aesthetic, the 150,000-square- foot facility will offer a full continuum of care, luxury amenities and three types of membership.

Located at 2900 NE Kendallwood Parkway, the 105-unit facility is shaped like an old-school wheel with the "spokes" supporting 34 independent- living suites, which will open in August, followed by 43 assisted-living and 28 skilled-living units that will open by the end of the year.

Although this is Nashville-based Urbane Healthcare's first property in Missouri, it operates a similar senior-living facility called The Farms at Puryear in Tennessee.

Previously known as Woodbine Healthcare & Rehab Center, the facility is undergoing a $13 million renovation. Urbane Healthcare CEO Daniel Stockdale said the former nursing home's one-level spoke and wheel design, which maximizes the number of private terraces and promotes resident safety, appealed to the company.

"We're actually looking to implement this exact architectural structure on other properties from the ground up," Stockdale said, adding, that the "company is looking at expanding all over the United States."

Check out the attached photo gallery to see some renderings of the high- end, senior-living facilities amenities.

The facility offers three all-inclusive membership levels that start at: $3,000 per month for silver, $5,000 for gold and $10,000 for diamond.

The diamond package includes all gold-level amenities, like an Apple watch provided for individualized care and a free monthly facial or massage, as well as adding daily full-service housekeeping, a private concierge and a personal chauffeured luxury vehicle to drive off-site.

Apartments range in size from a studio to a two-bedroom, two-bath unit.

The facility will include a market square, styled like an Italian piazza with large fountains, food vendors and a five-and-dime store, that connects the independent-living units with the assisted- and skilled-living apartments. Other amenities include a barber and beauty shop, 24/7 room service and a sommelier on site at its farm-to-table restaurant called Reba's Room.

Knoville, Tenn.-based MBI Cos. Inc., Prairie Village-based NSPJ Architects and Kansas City-based Genesis Construction Management LLC contributed to the design and construction of the facility. Gladstone-based Opes Commercial Real Estate is the developer.

Stockdale said both residents and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services want elevated services and facilities as expectations grow for high-quality health care.

"They don't want the 1980s-, 1990s-style operators that cater to the depression era (customers) and provide a bare minimum of customer service and care, because they didn't have high expectations," Stockdale said. "With baby boomers, their expectations are getting higher and we have to be able to provide more than adequate customer service." 

This article first appeared on the Kansas City Business Journal. Written by Lily Lieberman