BRADENTON -- One of several new assisted living facilities that started construction in the past two years is starting to look more like a finished product.
Harmony Palms, an ALF and memory care facility under construction at 4207 State Road 64 E. is behind the schedule set when its developers broke ground last year, but it will open by early summer. Owned by a company controlled by Venice developers Govin Rajan and Ahluwalia Harhbhajan, the planned 43,100-square-foot structure was initially set to be finished late last year.
Workers on site this week were installing the tile roofing. The concrete block exterior structure of the facility is substantially complete and portions of it have been painted. Manatee permit records value the construction work at about $4.2 million.
The developers purchased the 6 acres for the assisted living facility out of bankruptcy in 2012, buying it from CNL Bank for $475,000. The land was previously owned by Nordic of Florida Development, a company that was managed by Camlin Homes principal Ken Keating. Keating was the initial developer of The Inlets subdivision, an upscale boating-oriented community north of Harmony Palms.
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Harhabhajan, who also goes by Harry Walia, said construction at Harmony Palms will be complete in May. Residents could begin to move into the private-pay ALF 30 to 60 days after that, depending on how long it takes to finish the licensing process with the state.Sales staff with Harmony Palms said they will begin to take reservations from future residents in April.
When complete, Harmony Palms will join 40 other licensed ALFs operating in Manatee County. The facility will have 35 assisted living beds and 55 memory care beds when complete. According to state licensing records, Manatee County has a total of 2,300 assisted living beds.
Harmony Palms has been under development since its site plan was approved by the county in September 2014. Its website lists the Bradenton facility as one of four assisted living facilities being developed under the name, along with ones in Venice, Gainesville and Hudson.
Harmony Palms is one of several assisted and senior living projects under construction locally. Offering supervised independent living, assisted living and memory care, the 126-unit Discovery Village at Sarasota Bay is expected to open this year at 1414 69th Ave. W. Also nearing an opening day in the Bradenton area is Comfort Cove, a modularly built ALF and memory care facility at 3503 14th St. W. expected to open during the first part of 2016.
Those interested in living at Harmony Palms or learning more can contact sales staff at 727-492-0303.
Status Update, published Saturdays, is the Herald's weekly look at the progress of construction projects in Manatee County.