Evangelical Homes plans Sarah Fisher senior community

Plans to build a senior community on the historic St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center site at 12 Mile and Inkster Roads in Farmington Hills are moving forward, with a new owner.

EHM Senior Solutions (EHM), formerly Evangelical Homes of Michigan, recently purchased the historic 31-acre property from St. John Providence Hospital. In late March, city officials approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Plan proposed by Sarah Fisher Holding, LLC, and spokesperson Paul Stavros said EHM will proceed in accordance with that agreement.

The Sarah Fisher Senior Community will offer adult day programs, independent living, assisted living and brownstone condominiums, as well as memory loss, residential and family support services. Stavros said before the purchase, EHM engaged a firm to conduct a market analysis.

“They determined that, yes, there is definitely a need for this,” he said. “That was really the trigger for us to move forward.”

Groundbreaking is expected in early 2018, with a goal for the complex to be fully developed sometime in 2020. Units will start selling in early 2017. Signs on the property have already generated calls from potential buyers, Stavros said. The number of units has not yet been determined, but will depend on preservation plans for some of the site’s historic structures.

EHM has also purchased the St. Joseph Mercy Saline health building from St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, with plans to create the Center for Innovation and Education (CIE). According to a press release, CIE will “serve as a community resource, providing expanded health care services, health and wellness programs and educational opportunities, as well as housing other mission-driven non-profit organizational partners. This includes Arbor Hospice, which is renovating a 13-bed unit within the complex to provide in-patient hospice care.”