Several years after plans were first announced for two 12-story senior living towers in the North Park neighborhood of Dallas, Buckner Retirement Services has finally broken ground on The Ventana by Bucker, a 325-unit entrance fee CCRC which is estimated to cost $136 million, or about $418,000 per unit. That tops both the national average cost to construct CCRCs ($386,500 per unit) and the Texas average ($394,700 per unit), according to our in-house database of developments going back to 2013. As such, the development, which features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the building, boasts a number of luxurious amenities including a roof-top garden, top-floor “Sky Lounge,” heated indoor pool, salon/spa and patio grilling area, among others. Placed on a three-acre parcel, the community will also feature an underground parking lot, as well as valet services. There will be 189 independent living, 38 assisted living, 26 memory care, 48 skilled nursing and 24 rehabilitation units, and residents are expected to first move in before the end of 2019. This will be the sixth community in Texas for Buckner, which is currently the second-largest not-for-profit senior living provider in the state. Whiting Turner is the leader contractor, and D2 Architecture designed the project.