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Natural touch
Wesley at Tehaleh maximizes nearby views,
natural waterways, and native plantings to
bring its Pacifi c Northwest campus to life
by Joann Plockova
OCATED 45 MINUTES south of Seattle, a 4,200-acre master-planned
development called Tehaleh is surrounded
by trees, natural open spaces, and views of Mt. Rainier
and the Olympic Mountains. Th e Bonny Lake, Wash.,
development, whose name means " highlands " or " land
above, " is home to single-family residences including 55+ homes,
schools, a community center, parks, and miles of interwoven trails.
Impressed by the development's stunning natural surroundings
and built-in intergenerational opportunities, Wesley Homes (Kent,
Wash.), a not-for-profi t, faith-based organization that provides
housing and healthcare services for seniors in the Puget Sound region,
recognized a tremendous opportunity for senior living there.
Kevin Anderson, president and CEO of Wesley Homes, says the organization
was encouraged by the number of independent homes
being sold to the 65+ community in addition to the designated
55+ homes. It spelled potential for both resident groups to become
future residents at a senior living facility. " We just knew that there
was going to be a need [at Tehaleh] for senior care and services, " he
says. " And we knew that it was going to grow. "
But Wesley Homes needed a partner-one that could off er fi -
nancial and development support as well as share best practices
and staff collaboration. It had a longstanding relationship with
Presbyterian Homes (St. Paul, Minn.), a faith-based organization
off ering housing, services, and care for seniors, and its development
company, Senior Housing Partners, which served as developer
on Wesley's previous projects. Anderson invited Dan Lindh,
Presbyterian's president and CEO, to come out to Puget Sound in
2017 to visit the thriving Tehaleh development. Recognizing the
site's potential-and the stunning setting at its doorstep-the two
organizations decided to form their fi rst joint partnership to build
Wesley at Tehaleh.
Opened in July 2021, the 400,000-square-foot senior living
campus includes 136 independent living units, 42 catered living
units (assisted living but with services provided under a home care
license), 18 memory care units, and 32 senior apartments. In approaching
the site, the project team sought to put nature center
stage to tap into the area's strong connection to the outdoors and
outdoor activities.
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