Good Living / Housing / By Sarah Jackson ⊳⊳ Abiitan Mill City offers urban living to downtown Minneapolis as well as the option of memory care. Photos courtesy of Ecumen / Greg Latza Photography
→→Abiitan Mill City Where: 428 S. Second St., Minneapolis Opened: December 2016 Ages: 55 and older
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY →→Residents at Abiitan enjoy access to Minneapolis attractions, plus the option of memory care
Memory care — and urban living — in Mill City?
Yes, that’s a real possibility, thanks to a new, five-story, luxury senior-living community for ages 55 and older, located about three blocks from the Stone Arch Bridge, the Mill City Farmers Market and the iconic Guthrie Theater. Built by the Shoreview-based senior housing provider Ecumen, Abiitan Mill City includes 86 independent-living apartments and 48 memory-care suites. Abiitan — pronounced AH-BEE-TAHN — doesn’t just offer proximity to city attractions, it also encourages residents to take full advantage of downtown’s beloved destinations. For example, just across the street, is the MacPhail Center for Music, which provides lectures at Abiitan, followed by related concerts in its own Antonello Hall. Art, theater and history activities include outings to The Guthrie, Hennepin Theatre Trust venues and the Walker Art Center, paired with on-site lectures on timely topics, such as details about the newly updated sculpture garden set to reopen this month at the Walker. And trips aren’t limited to downtown Minneapolis. One recent outing took residents to the newly renovated Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul. Another thing that’s special about Abiitan is that its major on-site amenities aren’t just for seniors. 24 / June 2017 / Minnesota Good Age
Number of units: 134 units range from studios (540 square feet) to three-bedroom units (2,204 square feet). All apartments include open floor plans and either a private deck or a walkout patio. Many have skyline or Mississippi River views. Cost for a single resident: Prices range from $1,900 per month (plus a refundable entrance deposit of $89,500) for a studio to $6,900 per month (plus a refundable entrance deposit of $338,500) for a 3-bedroom, 2½-bath unit. Entrance deposits are not required for memory care. Memory care costs $6,400 to $6,700 a month and includes medication management/ administration, personal care, three meals per day (plus snacks), lifestyle and enrichment programming and other activities. Skilled nursing services can be added a la carte. Property owner: Ecumen, based in Shoreview, is one of the largest not-for-profit senior housing/ services providers in the country with 93 properties in 37 cities. Info: Abiitan.org or 651-766-4455; Ecumen.org or 651-766-4300. Read more about Abiitan in the Southwest Journal at tinyurl.com/ abiitan-mn.