Rollandia Golf Center sold, redevelopment set to begin next week

The Grand of Sugarcreek is expected to open in the summer of 2021. CONTRIBUTED

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The Grand of Sugarcreek is expected to open in the summer of 2021. CONTRIBUTED

Construction will begin next week on a luxury senior living community on the former Rollandia Golf Center after the $4.5 million sale was finalized today.

The Grand of Sugarcreek has been taking reservations for its 242 residences mixing independent/assisted living and memory care units since May. But it wasn’t until today that former owner Craig Fanning and developer Guttman Properties met at the closing table.

“It was going along very slowly and things kind of fell in place for the developer,” Fanning said.

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The nearly $4.5 million deal includes slightly more than 43 acres, but it does not include the Magic Castle, he said. The family entertainment venue will undergo updates, new game installations and a parking lot renovation over the next six weeks and will remain open.

About 19 of the 43 acres will be dedicated to the The Grand, Fanning said. Guttman Properties will partner with Civitas Senior Living to manage the facility, which is expected to open in about a year and a half, Fanning said.

The “cruise ship on land,” as the developer previously described the facility to the Dayton Daily News, is a $65 million project, Cara Tilford said township trustees approved the plan in May.

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The rest of the golf course property will encompass a pool, clubhouse, dog park, playground and about 276 Rollandia Greene Apartments and townhomes, according to site plans submitted in May.

“That’s something that’s going on in a lot of developments. They have these homes where the parents are upper 80s or 90s and their kids are in their 70s and so they stay in homes right nearby,” Fanning said. “By the way, they are very nice.”

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