March 31, 2017

Construction begins on WRJ assisted living facility

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The Village at White River Junction, a revolutionary $27-million assisted living and memory care facility, will break ground at the intersection of Gates and Currier Streets at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The ceremony was announced by Brooke Ciardelli, President of Gates & Dickson, which specializes in developing innovative, downtown, living communities for seniors.

The handsome five-story facility designed by Lou Bieker of 4240 Architecture will include 80 large, light-filled apartments, restaurant-style dining, a fireside bistro and wifi throughout the building, as well as a dog park, rooftop garden, cinema, spa, and gym.

“Seniors are more active later in life than at any other time in history,” Ciardelli explains. “We are creating a kind of vertical main street that is a community within the community. Residents will enjoy first-class, on-site amenities while having convenient access to historic, downtown White River where they can stroll through the community and enjoy shops, restaurants and even live theater.”

On hand for the groundbreaking will be representatives of Life Care Services (LCS), the national, senior-living management company under contract to manage the facility. Today LCS is the 3rd largest operator of housing for seniors in the United States, with 119 properties.

LCS estimates the new facility will add 50 jobs to the local economy.

Byron Hathorn, CEO of Gates & Dickson, who previously redeveloped the historic White River Junction train station, conceived of The Village in cooperation with the State of Vermont’s Designated Downtown Community Revitalization Program, which helps to preserve the historic character of Vermont’s towns while enhancing their future vibrancy.

Town planners intend to move street-level utilities and expand sidewalks and streetlights to improve the pedestrian experience. Estes & Gallup of Lyme are the general contractors and many of the subcontractors are based in Vermont.

The Village at White River Junction will begin resident sign-ups this autumn, with the grand opening scheduled for May 2018. ###

Contact: Brooke Ciardelli, 917-370-6823, brooke@brookeciardelli.com

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