South Charlotte

Matthews retirement community to double its size

This rendering depicts the ACTS Retirement-Life community expansion project planned for Matthews.
This rendering depicts the ACTS Retirement-Life community expansion project planned for Matthews. ACTS RETIREMENT-LIFE COMMUNITIES

Plantation Estates, an ACTS Retirement-Life community, recently broke ground on a $95 million project that will double their presence in Matthews.

Phase one of the expansion of the continuing-care retirement community will be built across Fullwood Lane from the existing facility and include 20 one-story villas, 126 individual-living apartments in five buildings and a two-story clubhouse with a fitness and aquatic center, auditorium and several dining venues.

Jim Petty, ACTS vice president of the MidSouth Region, said the new amenities were designed to complement the existing facility.

“We aren’t duplicating services,” Petty said. “We are creating complementary services, and residents will have the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of the entire complex.”

The new construction also will bring advantages to many Matthews residents.

As part of the plan-approval process by Matthews commissioners, ACTS representatives agreed to build a connector from the Hampton Greene neighborhood to Fullwood Lane. The subdivision currently has only one access point on South Trade Street, and that entrance will become right-in/right-out when South Trade Street is widened.

ACTS has agreed to install a pedestrian signal where the greenway crosses South Trade.

ACTS also is building an additional entrance to the existing facility onto Fullwood Lane that will connect it to the new facility just across the road, and financing a traffic signal on Fullwood Lane at that intersection.

Phase two of the project will include construction of Willowbrook Court, a 100-bed skilled-nursing-care center on the current campus. The existing skilled-nursing-care facility will be converted into additional assisted-living units.

Petty said that all the villas are sold out and that two-thirds of the apartments already are reserved. The move-in date for the first villas is expected early next year.

“It’s a pretty clear message from local seniors that the time is right and we are ready to build,” Petty said. “We are attracting a new generation of seniors looking for an independent lifestyle with amenities plus health care for life. It’s gone really well.”

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at