Fort Worth company purchases assisted living communities, plans to renovate

HARLINGEN — Two senior assisted living communities here have been purchased by a Fort Worth company that plans to renovate the facilities.

Civitas Senior Living announced it has acquired Brookdale Harlingen, formerly known as Canterbury Court, located at 900 Camelot Drive. It also purchased Brookdale Plaza Harlingen, located at 1002 King Arthur Court.

Both facilities will be known as Valley View Independent Living.

Company officials said the renovations will commence this year, with plans to improve the common areas and create new living spaces for residents. The assisted and independent living communities include 58 apartments, 65 assisted living units and 36 units for memory care.

The entry by fast-growing Civitas into the Harlingen health care market is yet another indication of the city’s growing influence as a regional health care destination.

“Civitas saw in these communities an opportunity to build upon the existing options available to seniors in the Harlingen community,” Wayne Powell, president of Civitas, said in a statement.

Civitas specializes in senior housing, including assisted living, retirement centers and memory care. It has 10 facilities in Texas — 12 with the new Harlingen locations — and plans to open two more in Jefferson and Fort Worth.

The two Harlingen facilities are the company’s first properties in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are looking forward to starting the renovations and market repositioning of these two properties, with a goal to bring even better senior living options to the Harlingen community,” Powell said.

Civitas Senior Living specializes in development, acquisitions, operational management and consulting for senior housing properties, including assisted living, retirement centers and independent senior living properties.

Brookdale Plaza Harlingen residents can opt for a variety of floor plans, which include kitchenettes with private baths. Residents can choose from one- and two-bedroom apartments to penthouse suites.

Meals are served via restaurant-style dining, according to the facility’s website.