North Oak Street Extension facility to house senior citizens

Amanda M. Usher | The Valdosta Daily Times Members of SRI Management, with members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and local dignitaries, break ground on The Canopy at Azalea Grove. The new assisted living senior facility is expected to be completed early next year. 

VALDOSTA – A new assisted-living center broke ground Thursday off North Oak Street Extension.

A project that will cost at least $11 million, The Canopy at Azalea Grove is officially under construction. 

The 47,000-square-foot assisted-living and memory-care facility is anticipated to open for senior citizens in the community sometime around March 2020, company representatives said.

Brad Womble, director of business development for The Canopy, said the company’s vision is to provide a “quality-resort style environment” to seniors.

Group 4 Design is the architectural firm.

The facility will house 36 one-bedroom units, eight assisted-living studio units, 12 memory-care studios and eight memory-care companion suites.

Amenities include private dining, outdoor dining, recreation area, a bistro, a pub, a salon and a spa.

There is an expectation of 200 jobs available during construction and 50 jobs available for hiring with a $1.5 million annual salary once The Canopy is completed.

With an established location in Lake City, Fla. – and a facility under construction in Warner Robins – The Canopy at Azalea Grove marks the facility’s second location in Georgia, representatives said.

SRI Management will oversee the facility.

“With the overall growth of Valdosta, and the projected continued growth of Valdosta, also includes a growth of seniors in the area,” said Don Bishop, chief executive officer of SRI Management. “And so, we felt like in our research that there was an unmet need for additional senior housing, assisted living and memory care in particular here in Valdosta and particularly in this north part of the county.”

Womble said staff wanted to bring upscale amenities to small towns.

“We set out to find communities like Lake City, or maybe a little bit bigger that would appreciate this type of product coming to their town,” he said.

Bishop said interested clients have already made deposits to stay at The Canopy.

More information is online at thecanopyatazaleagrove.com

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