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Downtown Minneapolis living isn’t just for the young and the restless

Older adults seeking senior living options now can look in downtown Minneapolis near the Guthrie Theater.

Shoreview-based Ecumen opened Abiitan Mill City in December, which is the only senior living building in the downtown Minneapolis core (there are facilities in nearby Loring Park and Elliot Park neighborhoods).

Ecuumen Abbitan

pictured is Ecumen's new 130-unit Abiitan in Minneapolis' downtown

A look at the largest senior living operator in the metro

Abiitan has a full bar and restaurant open to the public, it’s within easy walking distance of several Minneapolis attractions and amenities, and it has roughly 130 units available to seniors. Another feature is a woonerf, a roadway that will connect it to the Mississippi River parkway that is expected to be completed in 2019.

Several years ago, Ecumen wanted to build another facility. The senior living operator asked potential residents what they might like and the answer was pretty clear.

“It started with focus groups, [and the response was for something] in the Mill City area,” said Ben Taylor, spokesman for Ecumen. “So coming out of that [came] the concept of urban senior living.”

For aging baby boomers, driving can be problematic, so the ability to walk to places for errands is appealing to seniors. Others like being able to walk to sporting events, countless restaurants, public transit and fine arts attractions that are downtown.

Carole and Doug Baker Sr. moved into Abiitan several weeks ago and enjoy the fact that they’re not isolated, which can be a problem in suburban senior living facilities.

“Carole [has] a bunch of friends down here,” Doug said. (Editor’s note: The Bakers son is Ecolab Inc. CEO Doug Baker Jr.)

Abiitan residents also have a variety of social activities available to them. Event coordinators arrange speakers on foreign arts and current events.

“This afternoon, a professor from St. Catherine University is coming to talk about China,” said Joyce Field, another resident who moved in several weeks ago. “Intellectually, I have found this place to be very good.”

Abiitan, which is located at 428 S. Second St., has roughly 85 independent living units and 48 memory care units. The size of units range from studios to more than 2,000 square feet.  About 30 spots are occupied.


Article courtesy of Mpls-St. Paul Biz Journals, Patrick Rehkamp