KALAMAZOO, MI — A new development for Kalamazoo seniors broke ground Thursday, Oct. 22.

The $50 million project by Heritage Community of Kalamazoo will create 60 independent living apartments in 2022, according to a news release from the organization.

The four-story Revel Creek facility will offer market-rate, one- and two-bedroom apartments between 881 and 1,597 square feet. The project is part of the Heritage’s $60 million plan to expand available housing and services for seniors in the Kalamazoo area, according to the release.

All of the apartments come furnished and include smart-home technology for climate control, lighting and security systems, according to the release. The campus also includes a group dining area and fitness center.

Senior housing and activity has become a priority in the county as the “silver tsunami” of increasing senior populations sweeps thru communities across the country.

In 2017, the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging estimated that people age 65 and over represented 15.2% of the population in the year 2016 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.

The same study predicted the 85 and over population is projected to more than double from 6.4 million in 2016 to 14.6 million in 2040.

In Kalamazoo County, there are 38,550 seniors, according to U.S. Census data.

Since 2000, the number of residents 65 and older in the county has increased by 29%, according to the Portage Senior Center capital campaign. Portage broke ground on its new senior center in September.

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