Gonzalez: “You often hear the term “aging in place” in the 55-plus sector, but as far as I am concerned, the only things that should age in place are red wine and blue cheese.” Gonzalez: “You often hear the term ‘aging in place’ in the 55-plus sector, but as far as I am concerned, the only things that should age in place are red wine and blue cheese.”

IRVINE, CA—Land for today’s senior-housing developments must be close to grocery stores, dining, shopping, trails and walking paths, KTGY Architecture + Planning’s LEED AP and principal Manny Gonzalez tells GlobeSt.com. Gonzalez, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was recently awarded by NABH’s National 55+ Housing Council with its first-ever 55-Plus Associate of the Year Award. We spoke exclusively with Gonzalez about the issues facing 55-plus developers and designers today.

GlobeSt.com: What are the biggest design concerns for developers in the 55+ market today?

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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