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Part of what's driving this evolution is
the reality that many seniors are postponing moves to independent living until later
in life, Frederick says, adding that the
average age of residents is around 84
nationally. Additionally, aging baby boomers have different expectations for their
environments than past generations. "They
tend to want to be around where the action
is and around people of all ages, and they
want to be in control," he says.
Frederick says while the market has
begun to shift from remote, secluded
senior housing communities to more urban
projects, there's still an age restriction.
"We found that people don't want to be
segregated by age," he says. So, Frederick set out to create a place that brings

Creating a community
Bringing together people of all ages wasn't
the only goal for The Stories. "The plan is
to have people more connected," Frederick says. "So we needed spaces where
it's natural to congregate." One of the first
things you see when you walk in is a large
living room area with a fireplace, residen-

Opening spread: The community living
space at The Stories at Congressional Plaza
is designed like a club room, with a mix of
contemporary and traditional finishes. The
lighting supports a multiuse strategy through a
variety of sources, including downlighting, cove
lights, and decorative pendants, which can be
used individually or together and adjusted to
achieve a desired mood. Above: A "lifestyle
ambassador" is located at the concierge desk
to help facilitate community events and connect
residents with service providers vetted by the
operator. A computer station for residents is
located on a counter behind the concierge desk.
Below: The lounge kitchen on the first floor is
available for community events or residents'
private parties. Diners can sit at nearby tables
or at the kitchen island.

FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TRUST

together people of all ages who are seeking
a lifestyle focused on health and community
connections. After meeting Donald Wood,
president and CEO of Federal Realty Investment Trust (Rockville, Md.), a real estate
development company, the two decided to
co-develop a new multigenerational housing
project; The Stories at Congressional Plaza,
located in a 380,000-square-foot shopping
center in Rockville, Md., opened in spring
2016 with 48 apartments for rent.

Frederick says the community is designed to work for people of all ages, using
universal design features and providing
access to community services, such as life
coaches or pet sitters, on an as-needed
basis. A year after opening, Frederick says
the community is full with residents who
cross multiple generations, including millennials, GenXers, baby boomers, and the
Greatest Generation.

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