FAQ

Why is Franke Tobey Jones expanding?

We are experts at serving the diverse needs of seniors in our community. We have grown over our 90 years and have continually evolved to meet those needs. Today, we are continuing that tradition, investing in the future of our current and future residents.

What exactly will be involved in the new expansion project?

The project will include three phases and is estimated take between 5-8 years to complete.

Phase I
A new state-of-the-art health center, memory care community, as well as a new independent living apartment building with views of Puget Sound.

Phase II
New “aging in place” independent living apartment building, including spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with rich resident amenities including enhanced wellness center, auditorium, bistro, game room, lounge, business/computer room, library and rooftop deck.

Phase III
A renovation of the historic original building and the Lillian Pratt building. Green space will remain an important element of the campus in order to honor the community’s heritage as well as preserve the current beauty of the grounds.

When complete, Franke Tobey Jones will be home to over 280 seniors. The expanded wellness and Senior University classes will provide even greater opportunities for area seniors to engage in stimulating, meaningful and healthy activities.

Can the community provide ideas for the new development?

Absolutely. We are planning community meetings and are already soliciting input from residents about what they would like to see in our growing community.

What will the new project cost?

As a nonprofit, we are constantly investing in our community and also looking for ways to be cost effective. We are still in the early stages of this project and are outlining the estimated costs. We anticipate sharing costs along with the launch of a capital campaign to give our community the opportunity to invest in the future of meeting the needs of seniors.

Will there be a capital campaign?

Yes. A capital campaign is also planned in order to offset a portion of the project expenses. The key goals of the campaign will be to ensure responsible stewardship of the community’s resources, keep financing fees down, and ultimately avoid passing on costs to residents so that people of varied economic means can access the services provided by Franke Tobey Jones as part of its not-for-profit mission to make a difference in the lives of seniors.

What will the new changes mean for the surrounding community?

Franke Tobey Jones has long opened its services to the 55+ community beyond its doors. In fact, we have operated the Point Defiance~Ruston Senior Center for 18 years, providing programming and staffing for more than 100 seniors every day. We also offer access to our Senior University and Wellness-Fitness Center to the surrounding 55+ community who are interested in continuing education and fitness classes. This investment will help us to expand these efforts, making our community one of the most comprehensive and integrated senior living communities in the region.