messiah lifeways bailey street apartments

The Bailey Street Apartments respond to common challenges senior living sponsors are facing: rightsizing community census and extending services to the middle market. This small project makes a big impact by transforming a decommissioned personal care neighborhood that has not been in use since 2020. The Bailey Street Apartments is a small neighborhood of 13 middle market apartments, with a rental fee option. A controlling factor when considering which units could be combined was the imperative to maintain existing plumbing locations to help keep project costs down. The design result is 11 one-bedroom units ranging from 478 to 551 square feet. There is also an 826 square foot two-bedroom and one 260 square foot studio apartment. Working entirely “inside the box,” the design team created open floor plans to make “not-so-big” living spaces comfortable, accessible and market-friendly.

Mechanicsburg, PA
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
20,175 SF
Messiah Lifeways
Karl Brummer, CEO
RLPS Architects
Interior Design Firm:
RLPS Interiors
Benchmark Construction

The overarching goal was to have a consistent style and level of detailing that would not differentiate Bailey Street as a lower cost option. A transitional design style provides a fresh aesthetic while maintaining cohesiveness with the traditional-style apartments on campus. We focused on a bright neutral color palette and natural materials for timeless appeal.

The heart of the Bailey Street apartment plan is the great room space. Much like a family home, this core area is envisioned to host a variety of functions throughout the day—from daily meal preparations to a neighborhood game night. We supplemented the large kitchen island and four-top dining tables with two larger community tables in the adjacent dining room to allow for spontaneous and planned get-togethers of varied scales.

Residents living in the Bailey Street Apartments have access to amenities, including the wellness center, a day spa, dining venues and Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning®. These amenities are available to residents and outside community members on campus. In addition, certain common spaces in the Bailey Street neighborhood, such as the media room, multi-purpose space and classrooms will be open to residents living in other areas of Messiah Village.