Increase in senior housing in west metro sparks clashes with residents
If you’re a baby boomer looking for housing, head west: From 55-plus communities and co-ops to nursing homes and memory care units, senior housing is booming in the west metro suburbs.
Hennepin County, the state’s most populous, has more nursing homes and assisted-living facilities than anywhere in Minnesota, according to Health Department data. And new construction isn’t slowing down.
But with limited land, developers are increasingly wedging senior housing into residential rather than commercial zones, leading to clashes with residents of single-family homes over tall, high-density buildings popping up next door.