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Groundbreaking for Senior Living Community - Sonata Lake Mary

WPC along with Sonata Senior Living and capital partner, Berkshire Residential Investments, today (March 4, 2021) held the groundbreaking of Sonata's newest senior living community, Sonata Lake Mary, a $62 million resort-style campus being built in Lake Mary, Florida. Located on a seven-acre site within the 153-acre, $750 million Lake Mary Wellness and Technology Park mixed-use development, the signature property will feature a mix of 193 assisted living, independent living, and memory care apartments.

WPC is the general contractor for Sonata Lake Mary, this is the fifth project that WPC has completed for Sonata including: Serenades at Longwood, Serenades at West Orange, Serenades at The Villages and Sonata Melbourne.

Sonata Lake Mary, the company’s second community scheduled to open post-pandemic, will incorporate the latest purpose-built design, safety, and innovations. Residents will experience enhanced touchless technology, the ability to video conference with loved ones directly from their in-apartment televisions, and enhanced disinfection and air purification systems that have become synonymous with the Sonata Safe philosophy. In addition to these safety enhancements, residents will enjoy spacious apartments from 765 sq. ft. to 1,550 sq. ft., exclusive garage apartments, upscale amenities, and Sonata's trademark exceptional service and care.

Pictured in Sonata Lake Mary Shovel Ceremony

From left to Right:

  • Left

    • Rich Toomey, Park Property Investments, LLC

    • Jeff Forrest, Winter Park Construction

    • Matthew , Berkshire Residential Investments

  • Center: Stuart Beebe, CEO Sonata Senior Living

  • Right

    • Jordan Smith, City of Lake Mary

    • Kevin Smith, City of Lake Mary

    • Mayor David Mealor, City of Lake Mary

    • Shelley Esden, COO, Sonata Senior Living

Jeff Forrest, President Winter Park Construction, “With nearly 15% of Americans being ages 65 or older, and with that number expected to double by 2060 - WPC is highly active in the senior space, uniquely experienced to fulfill the expansive needs of our aging population - specializing in independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities.”

"Safety has become our new normal, and hospitality is at the center of all Sonata Senior Living Communities," said Shelley Esden, COO of Sonata Senior Living. "Sonata Lake Mary will purposely combine the two to deliver a modern-day building that puts the needs of our residents first while aligning with the expectations of today’s seniors who desire more choices."

“Berkshire is excited to partner with Sonata on the first of what we hope are many projects to come,” noted Heather Boujoulian, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer of Development & Construction Investments at Berkshire. “Their commitment to care and service make them a great addition to our curated and growing group of senior living development partners,” she continued.

Discerning residents will enjoy gourmet dining venues, a full-service bar, theatre, spa, and fitness center. Expansive outdoor Florida-style living spaces and amenities abound, including a resort poolside bar and bistro, bocce ball court, putting greens, dog park, and pet spa, among other amenities such as golf cart charging stations, covered parking, and limited garage apartments. Innovative amenities such as a best-in-its-class, virtual indoor golf simulator will cater to the active senior lifestyle.

Sonata Lake Mary, located at the intersection of Caring Drive and Technology Parkway, will place the community within walking distance of Orlando Health’s Reinhart Road campus, which currently includes the existing Emergency Room and Medical Pavilion and recently announced plans to expand the campus with a new six-story, 134-bed patient tower.

The Lake Mary Wellness and Technology Park is planned to create a sustainable live, work, and medical wellness town center, and senior housing is an essential component of that framework. “We are building a community within a community, and our presence in the park squarely places emphasis on wellness in senior living, which is something we are passionate about," said Esden. "The location in the Lake Wellness and Technology Park will provide our residents convenient access to world-class medical facilities in addition to our signature care."

The 250,000 square-foot senior living community will create approximately 200 jobs during construction and 85 permanent jobs in Lake Mary upon welcoming VIP Founders Club residents in 2022.

Lake Mary Mayor, David Mealor, celebrates the groundbreaking. “Sonata Lake Mary will not only bring positive economic impact to the Lake Mary and surrounding areas; it will allow older residents to age in place -- in the city they love and in a community that allows them to live life to the fullest.” Sonata Lake Mary will be the 13th community for Orlando-based Sonata Senior Living and its first joint venture with Berkshire Residential Investments. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2022.

About Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is a privately owned regional developer and operator of innovative senior living communities, offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care options throughout Central and South Florida. Sonata is nationally recognized as a leader in the senior living industry and has earned multiple awards for research and evidence-based design and programming. Their philosophy is to help residents retain their independence and sense of self through a blend of signature programming, cutting-edge technology, a commitment to compassionate care, and best-in-class customer service. Sonata is led by an executive team that has been together since the company’s 2008 inception. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Sonata’s portfolio is comprised of 11 operational communities, plus two additional locations under construction. For more information on Sonata Senior Living, visit

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