Historic Tacoma, Wash., Community Announces Three-Phase Expansion

by Jeff Shaw

TACOMA, Wash. — Franke Tobey Jones, a 20-acre, 90-year-old, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in the Point Defiance neighborhood of Tacoma, has announced a three-phase expansion to the community.

The community currently serves 190 residents with independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services.

The nonprofit also operates the Point Defiance Ruston Senior Center, a Senior University Program and the M.J. Wicks Family Wellness center. Between its projects, Franke Tobey Jones provides continuing education, fitness classes and social events to residents and non-residents alike.

“This is an exciting new chapter in our mission to make a difference in the lives of seniors,” says Mark Gustafson, CEO of Franke Tobey Jones. “It is important to us to provide a range of services, not only for the residents and families who call Franke Tobey Jones home, but for the surrounding community that has become so much a part of our culture.”

Initial plans for the community’s expansion include three phases over the next five to eight years.

Phase I will include a new health center, memory care community and independent living apartments featuring views of the Puget Sound.

Phase II will include new independent living apartment building with an enhanced wellness center, auditorium, bistro, game room, lounge, business/computer room, library and rooftop deck. The building is meant for aging in place, allowing for assisted living services to be delivered without relocation.

Phase III will include a renovation of the historic original building and another building on the campus.

When all three phases are complete, Franke Tobey Jones will be able to house over 280 seniors with a full spectrum of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing options.

Franke Tobey Jones has hired Marathon Development Inc. of Bellevue to provide master planning and development services. LRS Architects of Portland, Ore., was retained to provide the architectural design.

The nonprofit plans to file formal planning documents with the City of Tacoma in April 2016.

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