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New look for controversial Heights senior living facility takes shape

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Village of the Heights senior living facility rendering 2 July 2013
Bridgewood Properties' current rendering of The Village of the Heights Bridgewater Properties
Bridgewood early rendering of The Village of the Heights
Bridgewood Properties' earlier sketch of the same facility Bridgewater Properties
Village of the Heights senior living facility rendering 2 July 2013
Bridgewood early rendering of The Village of the Heights
Fiesta at 14th and Studewood
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Recently posted renderings of the once-controversial The Village of the Heights senior living facility show manicured landscaping and a much less institutional structure than initially proposed by developer Bridgewood Properties.

In fact, the concrete has been poured for much of the parking lot at the complex under construction at the site of a former Fiesta, 1407 Studewood. Bridgewood officials expect The Village of the Heights to open by summer 2014.

Preliminary sketches first drew ire from Heights residents, as reported by The Leader in January. Residents expressed concern that the complex's institutional appearance would clash with the neighborhood's vintage architecture. Jay Gray, president of Bridgewood Properties, noted then that new plans were underway.

The four-story, 104-unit complex will incorporate apartment homes and suites for independent as well as assisted-living residents, with 24-hour "memory care" services for individuals with memory challenges. Luxury dining accommodations, a beauty salon, gym and concierge services are also included at The Village.

Bridgewood's "The Village"-branded developments are located in upscale neighborhoods and targeted to potential residents in the surrounding communities. Houston complexes include The Village of Meyerland, The Village at the Woodlands Waterway and The Village of Tanglewood.

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