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St. Therese celebrates new senior living apartments in Woodbury

The new building on the St. Therese Woodbury campus houses 64 additional senior apartment units, as well as a chapel, community rooms and fitness center. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
The Redwoods, a new building on the St. Therese Woodbury campus, offer eight different floorplans with features like sun rooms and fire places. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
A new apartment building on the Woodbury St. Therese campus offers one and two-bedroom floorplans for senior citizens. Maureen McMullen / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

Leaders with St. Therese say its most recent expansion will offer a more complete "continuum of care" for Woodbury seniors.

The Minnesota-based, nonprofit care provider unveiled the Redwoods, a new 64-unit senior apartment building, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 21.

The two-story building marks the second construction phase on the organization's Woodbury campus.

Crews broke ground on the new building last summer after construction wrapped up on the initial 216-unit building in February.

Living and care arrangements the Woodbury location offers include independent and assisted living, nursing care, memory care and hospice options.

St. Therese CEO and President Barb Rode said the organization aims to offer a range of services meeting every level of seniors' needs in a "continuum of care" Woodbury previously lacked.

"What happens is, if you have someone in the right level of service, their aging process goes so much better," Rode said.

The new building, she said, caters to residents who still want to live independently while accessing services like physical therapy, wellness programs, dining rooms and transportation.

"People live totally independently," Rode said. "But they can go right down the road and have dinner if they wanted to or go on outings, because we have the buses and things like that."

Potential tenants can choose from eight different one and two-bedroom floorplans with unique features like sunrooms and fireplaces.

The new building offers housekeeping services, underground parking, a fitness room, community rooms and priority access to additional care options.

It also features a chapel with stained glass windows, where Mass, prayer services and pastoral care will be available.

The city of Woodbury helped St. Therese secure funding to build the campus before construction began in 2014.

The city council approved a Housing and Redevelopment Authority recommendation to issue a conduit bond for the project, which assigns bonds to an investor that assumes debt services.

Bonds issued by public entities like the HRA are tax-exempt, which means St. Therese saved millions of dollars in interest.

The city has applied the financial mechanism to work on other local buildings such as the YMCA, Stonecrest, the Math and Science Academy and St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School.

"The nutshell of this is that we have a philosophy in Woodbury of trying to facilitate economic development," said Karl Batalden, city housing and economic development coordinator.

Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, who attended the ribbon-cutting, said the addition will help the community meet residents' shifting needs in the future.

"We knew there was pent-up demand in the recession and, as our population ages, we were going to need places for them to live," Stephens said.

About 50 of the 64 units are open and available for rent. Unit prices range from about $2,400 to $4,000 per month.

More information about the building and St. Therese is available at " target="_blank">bit.ly/2mOJRCi.

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