Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons on track for November opening

A new community for seniors is transforming a large section of the former state hospital in Traverse City.

It was just about two years ago we learned of a senior living development coming to the Grand Traverse Commons.

Last October, construction started. Since then, the folks at Cordia have been working towards their vision - what they call a "Senior Residential Club".

Karen Anderson, the owner and CEO of Cordia, said the model is designed to appeal to seniors who want to continue their active lifestyle while simplifying or downsizing.

"Our programming, our club amenities, all of those features of the Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons community are designed to support that kind of individual coming into the community," Anderson said.

Cordia residents will have access to a 50-seat theatre, art classes, two restaurants, a fitness center, building-wide wi-fi, a library, and more. Cordia is connected to the already bustling Village at Grand Traverse Commons, which has a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment throughout the year.

"I think the concept is wonderful," said Georgia Durga, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. "The whole community concept with having bakeries and restaurants and close to Munson, close to Pavilions, close to a whole community of services was a great concept and something that we talk about with seniors all the time."

Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons is scheduled to open their doors to their new senior residential club on November 1.

Despite the harsh winter, and the challenge of building withing the old state hospital, Anderson said everything is on track.

When it opens, there will be 110 private residences featuring more than 90 different floor plans, from studios to two bedrooms.