A South Dakota-based developer, who has been very active in the Med City in recent years, is revving up for a new senior living community project.

The Stencil Group, led by CEO and owner Nathan Stencil, has started construction on the first phase of Forté Living, described as “an active living community for those 55 years and better…” It is located along Badger Hills Drive Northwest, near the Northern Hills Golf Course and the Douglas Trail.

Stencil has been involved with the development and construction of five apartment complexes valued $79.5 million in Rochester in the past five years. However, this is his first project focused on older residents.

Forté’s first phase is a building with 127 units. A second phase of the four-phase project is expected to break ground this fall. Forté, as proposed, will feature four buildings with more than 500 units. The goal is to have it completed by the spring of 2022.

While seniors are the target market for Forté, Stencil stressed in the announcement of the project that it is not an assisted living community. Forté will offer a variety of activities, including a pickleball court, a community garden, bocce courts, shuffleboard and a walking trail.

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“We are building a community, first and foremost. We want people to be active, meet their neighbors, and be surrounded by people of like mind,” said Stencil.

His other Med City projects have included Technology Park, Kascade Place, Flats on 4th and The Pines. He said Forté takes aim at a different market than any of his other Rochester housing developments.

“There’s an unfilled need in the market, and we want to address that need head-on,” he said.