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In the next two years, Williamsburg Landing will be enhancing its services for residents and extending its reach to the community as part of a $41 million investment.
Representatives from the retirement community announced plans Tuesday morning for the construction of a new Memory Care household and adult day care center as well as an expansion of residential assisted living and short-term skilled nursing.
The total project is the single largest investment in Williamsburg Landing since it was established in 1985, Williamsburg Landing President and CEO Steve Montgomery said.
The expansion will be located at Woodhaven, Williamsburg Landing’s on-site health care complex. The complex currently offers health care services, an assisted living wing, a memory care wing and long-term and skilled nursing care.
The project would relocate memory care to its own standalone building and expand short-term skilled nursing in the vacated space. There will also be a three-story addition to assisted living that will increase capacity by 37 units.
The goal of the expansion is to meet the needs of the growing senior population. Montgomery said the senior citizen population in the greater Williamsburg area is expected to increase from 16 percent to 21 percent in 2020. The average senior population throughout Virginia is 13 to 14 percent, Montgomery said.
“We need a lot more flexibility in how we handle individual cases,” said Ben Puckett, executive vice president of Williamsburg Landing, noting the expansion “allows [residents] to adjust as their situation changes.”
The Memory Care household and the adult day care center will break ground this summer. Puckett said the Adult Day program would be the first licensed program of its kind in Williamsburg.
The Adult Day program would be open to residents and non-residents of Williamsburg Landing. Caregivers can bring their loved ones to the center to receive care from nurses and therapists, listen to music, create art and participate in other activities full-time or part-time.
Puckett said the center should be accessible to families with moderate incomes – representatives estimated a day at the center could cost between $40 and $70.
“We envision this will provide a respite for someone who is caring for a parent or a spouse in the home,” Puckett said.
The Memory Care household, which would contain 24 units, will be laid out like a home with separate living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Staff members, residents and family members will collaborate to plan each day in the “household,” Puckett said.
“It’s not so much a rigid routine, [rather] a lot of choice and a lot of autonomy for the people who live here,” he said.
The 15-bed short-term skilled nursing unit could benefit Williamsburg Landing residents and nonresidents as they recover from illness, elective surgery or a stroke.
“We see a real opportunity to be the community’s top skilled care provider,” Puckett said.
Representatives said while new services and facilities will be open to nonresidents, Williamsburg Landings residents will have first access.
“We’re excited about the buildings but we’re more excited about the services we’ll be able to provide in these buildings,” said Jim Golden, chairman of Williamsburg Landing’s Board of Directors.
A special use permit and a proffer amendment for the project was approved by the JCC Board of Supervisors on Jan. 12. The expansion will add 100,000 square feet to the community.
The entire expansion is projected to generate about 75 new full-time jobs and about $235,000 in annual property taxes to James City County.
Local general contractor Henderson Inc. will build the project, which is being designed by Lancaster, Pa.-based Reese, Lower Patrick & Scott Architects.
AES Inc. will be the civil engineer and The Structures Group Inc. will provide structural engineering.
Representatives said measures will be taken to control noise from construction. Work would be restricted to the day and limited on weekends.