With today’s seniors living longer, healthier and livelier, Immanuel Lutheran Communities (ILC) is growing its campus. Designed to better serve the dynamic nature of senior living, The Villas at Buffalo Hill is part of an expansive project to increase Immanuel Lutheran’s offerings to include additional independent living options and a host of modern amenities, programming and services. ILC hosted a public Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, November 3rd in Kalispell, Montana.
Historically focused on skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitation, as well as independent living and assisted living, ILC is realizing its vision of further embracing an active senior lifestyle. The Villas is a multi-story, 58,000 square-foot structure.
“We have been expanding and renovating in phases over the last few years, including the goal to significantly grow the number of our independent living residences to meet the evolving senior demographic,” said ILC CEO Jason Cronk. “Already with many active and independent individuals, ILC is looking forward to serving new residents in a vibrant, inspiring lifestyle with great amenities and services.”
The only Life Plan and Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Northwest Montana, The Villas at Buffalo Hill and ILC campus are set in the heart of Montana’s spectacular Flathead Valley near Glacier National Park. The Villas’ 36 apartment residences will range in size from 900 to 1,600 square feet and are designed to maximize natural lighting. They feature a balcony, fireplace, full-size washer and dryer and granite countertops, with a range of flooring and cabinetry options. Amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center with personal trainers, a heated indoor pool with a hot tub, exercise studio and classes, salon and spa, an auditorium and chapel seating for 140 and under-building parking and storage. Residents will also have priority access to assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation services and skilled nursing care.
“We all share a bond of strong values rooted in faith and our staff carries through those values,” Cronk said. “The Villas is a place where you can create your next chapter, express your spirituality and experience fellowship every day. We offer a life of abundance surrounded by the great expanse of Montana.”
The Grand Opening of The Villas at Buffalo Hill welcomed the public and was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 3rd. The event featured opening remarks by Immanuel Lutheran’s CEO Jason Cronk and Board President Linda Conners, followed by a celebration with an executive chef-prepared buffet that offered delicacies at stations throughout the community. There was live entertainment and attendees were welcome to take tours of The Villas.
The new community also features the Wooden Nickel Bistro and Lounge with coffee bar and outdoor café dining, the Claremont Restaurant, twenty-four-hour staffing, complimentary scheduled transportation, a full-time chaplain and pastoral care staff. The Villas will have an initial entrance fee with a monthly service fee. Deposits are being accepted.
The developer of The Villas of Buffalo Hill is ILC and constructed by Swank Enterprises, with four offices throughout Montana. The architectural firm is MMW, based in Missoula, Montana and CJMW Architects located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Sales and marketing services are provided by Solutions Advisors, the marketing, advertising and sales division of St. Petersburg, Florida-based Solutions Advisors Group. Sawgrass Partners out of Glenview, IL provided development advisory and financial planning services for the expansion.