FENTON, MICH.— Midwest Construction Group has begun construction on a $20 million residential independent living building at the 16-acre Vicinia Gardens senior campus in Fenton, Michigan.

The new three-story, 170,000-square-foot facility is designed for independent senior living.  The senior complex will include 133 residential units providing 71 one-bedroom apartments, 59 two-bedroom apartments and 3 studio units.

“The new building for independent living is phase four of Vicinia Gardens in Fenton that was opened in 2013,” said Vicinia Gardens Manager Member / Owner Steve Steffey.  “We currently offer at the Vicinia Campus assisted, intermediate and memory care. This next phase will add Independent Living Opportunities.”

Vicinia Gardens has plans for a fifth phase of construction for independent living cottages. The residential senior campus at 4031 Vicinia Way in Fenton is east of Lansing just north of Ann Arbor in Genesee County.  A second Vicinia Gardens senior community is in Otsego, Mich.

“We expect to have the new building completed and open in February 2021,” said Scott Geerlings, Midwest Construction Group Partner and President. “Midwest will be doing the construction management on the building and will be hiring 150 construction workers and tradesman from the local area to work on building construction.”

Midwest Construction Group is currently building a $25 million senior facility in Punta Gorda, Fla., near Fort Meyers In a joint project with Owens-Ames-Kimball Co. of Grand Rapids.  A new $12 million, 120-unit Spectra Student Living Center was recently completed by Midwest Construction Group in Big Rapids, Mich.

The name Vicinia is a Latin word that means “neighborhood.”

“We say we’re a neighborhood seniors can call home,” said Steffey noting Vicinia strives to create a “homelike environment while catering to the social and intellectual needs of our residents.”

Its two senior residential communities offer plans tailored to individual needs that include 24-hour care, dining services, house keeping as well as recreational and social activities. Vicinia, in Fenton, will likely double the number of staff they have when the new building is completed.

Vicinia Gardens staff is available to answer questions on the new independent living complex and will be taking reservations starting this spring.  The website is www.viciniagardens.com or by phone at 810-629-9368.