The Sanctuary in Brooklyn Center Almost Open
The Sanctuary in Brooklyn Center is almost open. The senior living facility on Brooklyn Boulevard sits where a car lot used to be and city leaders have long talked about the 130-plus assisted living apartment building enhancing Brooklyn Center in more ways than one.
“It’s part of the re-creation of my hometown of Brooklyn Center,” says council member Dan Ryan. “I’m so proud to see this facility and the wonderful work that’s been done.”
Community members attended a VIP event on March 8 to celebrate the opening of The Sanctuary. The tax-credit building is for seniors with Medicaid or low income, but it feels like any upscale senior high rise. The public-private partnership helps keep costs low.
“There’s not a reason why even though you are on a lower, limited income you should not have the choices and options and The Sanctuary is built with that in mind,” says Lisa Toms, administrator. “If a person is on Medicaid or an elderly waiver, they choose their apartment—either a studio or one bedroom. They are not forced to have a roommate, which is the norm in Minnesota.”
Aside from private rooms and studios, there are alcoves with gaming rooms, art rooms and a gym. Administrators say they want people to come out of their rooms and be social. Chef Don Ram, who was previously at Earle Brown Terrace, showed off the new kitchen space with pride. “We put on a really good show and we set the bar really high with what we do here,” says Chef Ram. “It’s almost like a resort.”
The Sanctuary also has memory care facilities.
Residents are expected to start moving in during the month of April. The facility is not yet full and applicants must produce proof of income during the application process. The Sanctuary also has locations in St. Cloud and West St. Paul.