FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 7, 2016) – Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) and Morning Pointe Assisted Living announces the grand opening ceremony of a $25-million, two-phase senior campus in Franklin on May 5.

The ceremony for the new Morning Pointe of Franklin is from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., at 1005 Generations Way, in the 1700 block of New Highway 96 West near Carlisle Lane. Tours of the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care facility will be given.

Special guests and dignitaries will give remarks during the ceremony, including Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin, and Matt Largen, president and CEO of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce.

Franklin Christian Academy students will sing songs of dedication followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new senior community is accepting residents.

Situated on 10 acres, the craftsman-style building hosts 73 spacious apartments and offers amenities including fine dining areas, life enrichment programs and professional health and wellness services. Twenty of the apartments will be located in The Lantern, a secure wing dedicated to the care of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory care needs.

Innovative therapeutic programs developed by the Morning Pointe team, such as SimpleC™ Companion services, Cuddle Therapy and the Meaningful Day™, are incorporated into daily activities to ensure the highest quality of care for residents.

“With the growing number of people living longer and needing more health services, we believe Morning Pointe can serve Franklin and the Williamson County area and its seniors with more options and choices that will enrich the quality of life,” said Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of IHP and Morning Pointe Assisted Living. “Morning Pointe’s history of service in Tennessee began 15 years ago, and we are continuing that tradition by expanding further in Middle Tennessee.”

Morning Pointe currently has 16 additional Tennessee locations, and has served the middle Tennessee area for more than 15 years through its assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care facilities in Brentwood and Columbia.

The second phase of the development project will be the construction of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence with 44 apartments dedicated solely for the care of residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Upon completion of The Lantern building, the Alzheimer’s memory care wing at Morning Pointe of Franklin will be converted to assisted living apartments.

The new facility created more than 200 construction jobs and supports 125 permanent healthcare positions.

The development team for the project includes contractor East Tennessee Specialty Builders of Chattanooga; architect Hart Freeland Roberts of Nashville and Civil Engineers Ragan Smith Associates, also based in Nashville.