Construction begins on new 81-acre McKinney retirement community with lakeside homes

Construction has started on the new Touchmark in the Emerald Lake retirement community in McKinney. (Courtesy of Touchmark)

Site work has started on a new full-service retirement community for people 55 and older.

When opening in 2023, the Touchmark at Emerald Lake development will offer 70 acres of scenic views, hills, trees, and a private 11-acre spring-fed lake at the southwest corner of Hardin Boulevard and Virginia. Parkway, October 28. Touchmark press release.

“It will be the perfect destination for retirees who are ready to start a new chapter with friends, enjoy an active lifestyle and find new opportunities,” said Kendra Lackey, Chair of the Touchmark Development Project Supervisor. & Construction, in a press release.

Touchmark at Emerald Lake was first announced in 2019, but since then the project has evolved. The development will include a future phase that will add more homes and a fitness center with a pool, spa, lounge and restaurant-style dining area. The total number of households in the community will be over 400, the statement said.

Facilities for residents of this community include lakeside trails, lawns for events, and outdoor dining and entertainment venues, said Marcus Breuer, CEO of Touchmark. This will be the first Touchmarks community in Texas, he said.

“This particular location with its lake and the surrounding natural beauty presents an opportunity to build the largest and most exciting project in our 40-year history,” Breuer said in the press release. “We are delighted to create a retirement framework unlike anything we have had the opportunity to develop. “

In its first phase, Touchmark in Emerald Lake will offer 271 homes. Of these, 149 will be reserved for independent living, six of which will be duplex residences. There will also be 84 assisted living residents and 32 memory care residents. Of the 84 assisted-living residences, 32 of them will be studios that will have a smaller neighborhood environment and a higher resident / staff ratio, according to the press release.

“These will be particularly beneficial for those living with physical challenges, such as Parkinson’s disease, or people with early cognitive impairment but who do not need a secure environment,” the statement said.

Touchmark purchased the land for this development from the Turrentine family, who have been active in the McKinney area for more than 70 years, the statement said.

During construction, Touchmark at Emerald Lake is expected to provide over 1,000 local jobs during construction and nearly $ 25 million in local economic impact when fully constructed.

Touchmark develops, builds and operates full service retirement communities in the United States and Canada. For more information visit


Editor’s Note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. Touchmark at Emerald Lake is expected to have a local economic impact of nearly $ 25 million when fully constructed.

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