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An assisted living community for senior citizens, including those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, will join the variety of housing options in New Town next fall.
The community, called Edgeworth Park Senior Living, will be located on a 4-acre lot at the end of Discovery Park Boulevard. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 18.
Scott Wise, an owner of Edgeworth Park, said he and fellow owners Jon Liebler and Derek Robertson determined New Town was the right location because it is a “hub of activity for Williamsburg.”
“We thought it was a great location because of the mixed-use here,” Wise said. “We look forward to being part of New Town.”
Wise described the Edgeworth Park building as a “big house with a lot of bedrooms”– there will be 62 apartments for assisted living and 20 suites and one two-bedroom for memory care, all organized into neighborhoods and all under one roof. The community will be managed by Iowa-based Life Care Services.
Each assisted living apartment will include a kitchenette and the memory care neighborhood will share a kitchen. John Cushen, regional director of marketing and sales for LCS, said amenities like the kitchen encourage residents to perform normal activities, such as baking, folding napkins or sorting silverware, as they did before they were diagnosed with a memory loss condition.
“We want you to be as independent as you want or are able to be,” Cushen said. “These are some of the things our residents take pride in every day.”
The LCS memory care program, called Heartfelt Connections, takes a personalized approach to each resident’s care with an emphasis on personal care, productivity and leisure, according to an LCS brochure.
Edgeworth Park will be across the street from Tidewater Medical Center, a proximity Wise said would benefit residents and doctors. Cushen said Edgeworth Park would provide bus transportation to activities in Williamsburg throughout the year, especially during the holidays. The facility would also seek partnerships with local high schools and colleges and invite students from William & Mary to volunteer and perform music for residents, Cushen said.
An information office and model unit are set to open in January at 5425 Discovery Park Blvd., Suite 101. Reservations for residences at Edgeworth Park will begin in January.
The building is set to open in Fall 2016 at 5501 Discovery Park Blvd.
Cushen said LCS will look to hire locally for positions at Edgeworth Park and are actively seeking an executive director. The 74,000-square-foot building will be constructed by Williamsburg-based LaRS Group and could be expanded by 13,000 square feet in the future, Wise said.
Wise said representatives from James City County and New Town were pleased to see the 87,000-square-foot parcel, which is zoned for a commercial use, would be able to incorporate a residential component.
“They have all been excited. They’ve all been very supportive,” Wise said. “I think it’s going to be a nice addition to the community. This is where we live, work, raise our kids and it’s a chance to give back to the community and [something] to be proud of for years to come.”