A recent ceremonial groundbreaking at Edgemere in Dallas commemorated the beginning of a $36 million renovation and expansion project.

The first phase of the project involves the addition of a 6,000-square-foot performing arts center in the center courtyard. It will include a bar and lounge, arched ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a stage. Additionally, an extensive renovation is planned for two dining venues to give them the look and feel of authentic Italian restaurants.

“Baby boomers are changing the way we look at senior living,” said John Falldine, managing director of Edgemere. “They want a vibrant environment, different from their parents’ generation. Our planned renovations will not only provide a senior living experience surpassing expectations of current and future retirees, but it will change people’s perception of retirement living overall.”

When completed, the project will add more than 75,000 square feet to the community, including extensive expansion of The Plaza at Edgemere. Plans include adding eight new assisted living apartment homes, 12 new memory support suites and 15 new skilled nursing private suites. The Plaza common areas also will be updated with indoor/outdoor courtyards and renovated dining areas. An underground parking garage will be added for additional parking for family members and guests.

Edgemere, a Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp.-sponsored community, currently has 304 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments, 31 memory care suites and 72 private skilled nursing suites.