Members of the BPCI contracting company are joined by Woodland Village employees and residents during a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, Dec. 14, in Chehalis.

A remodeling project at the Woodland Village senior living facility in Chehalis began this month and is intended to turn the space into a “state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care” facility, according to a news release.

The project is being undertaken by Village Concepts, a third-generation, family-owned business.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on Dec. 14.

The facility is expected to open in 2019 and will be a “resident-focussed community” offering “independent living apartments, duplexes and townhouses.”

It will also include 24 new assisted living rooms and 19 memory care rooms, which will allow residents to transition to a higher level of care as they need it, according to a press release.

“We are excited to bring this new development and investment for seniors into Lewis County,” said Stuart Brown, chief operating officer at Village Concepts.

The project is projected to cost $7.1 million and is intended to meet the increasing need for senior living in Lewis County.

The facility is expected to create 20 or more jobs.

Village Concepts owns and manages 17 communities in the Puget Sound area offering on-site programming, personalized care and an emphasis on fostering relationships, according to a press release.