Under Construction: Morning Pointe expands by building, remodeling on Shallowford

Under Construction: Morning Pointe expands by building, remodeling on Shallowford

March 2nd, 2014 by Alex Green in Business Diary

Workers install pipes for the new $9 million Morning Pointe of Chattanooga assisted living facility.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

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Morning Pointe of Chattanooga Shallowford

Owner: Independent Healthcare Properties LLC.

Location: 7719 Shallowford Road.

Architect: Neuhoff Taylor Architects.

Square footage: 62,000 square feet on a 10-acre plat of land.

Contractor: East Tennessee Specialty Builders.

Price/rent per unit: Based on level of care.

Cost for project: $9 million.

Scope: Morning Pointe operates 23 facilities in five states. The new Shallowford Road facility will have 77 assisted living apartments. The project will employ 85 employees when finished next January and is expected to employ 200 temporary workers during its construction.

History: Ooltewah-based Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, was founded in 1996 by Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. The current Morning Pointe of Chattanooga assisted living facility was purchased and turned into an assisted-living facility. The company is expanding in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Remodel of Morning Pointe of Chattanooga

Purpose: To house The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence.

Owner: Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC.

Location: 7620 Shallowford Road.

Size: 39,224 square feet and 60 units.

Cost for project: $2 million.

Scope: Morning Pointe has increasingly been building stand-alone Alzheimer's facilities that offer small vocational settings that match the memories and life experiences of residents to their physical environment. Lantern facilities also feature full wall murals depicting events and traditions unique to their cities.

Timeline: The Lantern facility will be in the current Morning Pointe of Chattanooga building, after residents move to the newly built facility and the current building undergoes a renovation. The facility's opening is scheduled to follow the opening of the Morning Pointe of Chattanooga Shallowford facility in January 2015.

-- Compiled by staff writer Alex Green, who can be reached at agreen@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6480.