A large crowd enjoyed a sneak peek of Mesquite’s new Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care that’s currently under construction. It’s 52-unit assisted living and 24-unit memory care apartments are scheduled to open in late summer on Falcon Ridge Parkway. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

If the crowds at a sneak peek of Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care are any indication, the construction crew might want to stick around and start on an expansion wing as soon as they finish the current building.

Mesa Valley Estates is set to open its 52-unit assisted living and 24-unit memory care community late this summer but offered local residents a sneak preview on Sunday, June 9.

Sarah Green, vice president of operations, and Mike Deines, vice president of finance/business development, both with Mission Senior Living, which is building the $8 million facility, one story, 61,386 square-foot building, were on hand to greet the hundreds who were eager to see, perhaps, their next new home.

Deines told the Mesquite Local News that of the 52 assisted living apartments, about 40 are already under contract. Six of the memory care units are also spoken for and will have residents moving in as soon as construction is completed.

The assisted living section offers studio size, one-bedroom, one-bath apartments and two-bedroom, two-bath apartments, all with kitchenettes, while the separate memory care section offers private and semi-private studio apartments.

As Deines was describing all the amenities available at Mesa Valley, he was sure to correct the term “facility” used to refer to the new building. “Please don’t call this a facility,” he said. “We consider this to be a community that will provide a pleasant and exciting home for our residents.”

Deines further explained, “While we’re going to have a beautiful, nicely decorated building, it’s our incredible staff and the residents that will make it come to life.”

He expects to have about 50 employees, some part-time with most full-time.

And a beautiful community it will be. Entering the front doors, one walks into a huge, brightly lit main room with sunshine spilling in from walls of windows looking out over courtyards designed so that all rooms have an outside view.

“We’ll have benches and sitting areas in our courtyards along with raised planter beds for those who want to plant flowers and vegetables. We’ll also have a 3- or 4-hole putting green available for all of our avid golfers,” Deines said.

One side of the main room will feature a dining area served by an on-site commercial-grade kitchen. Residents will be offered three meals a day as part of their monthly rent. The other side of the room will have a pool table, televisions, card tables, and other social amenities. A smaller gathering room will be available for private parties or visits.

Deines pointed out that while Mesa Valley will not offer traditional, skilled 24-hour nursing, a small, visiting doctor’s office and examination room are available on-site. A personalized service plan will be created for residents who need assistance with daily activities, such as medication management, dressing, and bathing. Housekeeping and laundry services can be provided by the staff at an extra fee.

A beauty shop offering manicures and pedicures is also available for the community. A work-out room with several pieces of exercise equipment is just down the hallway. “The way we’ve designed the building with a figure-eight layout, our residents can also take long walks for exercise or just to visit with others,” Deines said.

Residents who desire to have a pet living with them can do so for a one-time fee of $750.

“We’ve been coming to Mesquite for about four years with our eye on this market for a long time,” Deines said. “We’re extremely happy to be here. We’re not a flash in the pan. We’re not going to build and then go away. Our passion is caring for seniors and providing them a home. We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with our new community.”

Mission Senior Living company operates four similar facilities in northern Nevada, one in southern Oregon, and a new one in Yuma, Arizona.

Deposits are currently being accepted for the remaining units. For more information, visit http://mesavalleyestates.net or call (702) 344-5050.