Fairmount Homes

This rendering shows Fairmount Homes' $13 million Wheat Ridge Apartments building, to open in 2019.

Like many other continuing care retirement communities here, Fairmount Homes is seeing strong demand for independent living space.

And like many other such communities in Lancaster County, Fairmount will be expanding in an effort to meet it.

The West Earl Township community will break ground in July on a $13 million, four-story building that will add 45 independent-living apartments to its campus.

To be named the Wheat Ridge Apartments, a nod to Fairmount’s street address, the building is expected to open in fall 2019.

It will bring an estimated 70 new residents to the community.

“We have a pretty extensive wait list, generally three to five years,” said Mitchell Hanna, director of marketing. “This will meet some of that demand.”

Sizes will range from a nearly 600-square-foot studio unit to a more than 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom unit with two full bathrooms.

Prices will begin at a $76,000 entrance fee for the smallest unit, with a monthly maintenance fee of $800 for a single occupant and $895 for double occupancy.

The 70,000-square-foot building —which will have a wellness/fitness room, a library and a gathering room with a full kitchen — has been designed by RLPS Architects and will be built by Paul Risk Construction.

Construction will begin as Fairmount marks its 50th year. The community has 340 residents.

Fairmount is governed by a nine-member board from the Weaverland Conference of the Old Order Mennonite church.