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Best Repositioning 2017: Drab, Empty Community Gets Top-Drawer Amenities

The Kingswood Senior Living Community in Kansas City, Missouri, has been around for over 35 years—and, until recently, that fact was painfully obvious to both residents and management.

A couple of years ago, its occupancy was low—about 64%—and attracting new residents had begun to prove challenging, due at least in part to the community’s drab, dated appearance.

Then, beginning in 2016, the senior housing community was renovated and repositioned, and the finished product earned Kingswood the 2017 Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Award in the “Best Renovation/Repositioning” category.

In one fell swoop, Kingswood “went from dull 1970s to pretty-darn-good contemporary,” David Dillard, principal at D2 Architecture and a 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards judge, tells Senior Housing News.

And occupancy, much to operator Life Care Services’ delight, is “on an upward swing,” Jason Jorgenson, senior project development manager at LCS Development, tells SHN. LCS Development is the development arm of Des Moines, Iowa-based Life Care Services, one of the largest senior living operators in the country.

Read the Senior Housing News story.