Presbyterian Village North, a faith-based nonprofit continuing care retirement community for active adults in Dallas, began a $93 million expansion project in 2015 and is happy to report that progress is moving along and the project may be completed earlier than expected. Many of the new buildings are taking shape and the residents eagerly await the project’s completion. Presbyterian Village North is adding a lifestyle fitness center, which will offer a new pool, Jacuzzi, spa and healthy café, a transitional care unit, a park area with pavilion and water feature and a chapel, as well as two independent living residences–Leonard Rose Villas and Martins Landing. PVN is also expanding Joyce Hall, which currently serves residents in assisted living, by adding The Terrace at Joyce Hall so that it can expand assisted living and accommodate more memory care residents on campus.
“Residents are pleasantly surprised by the significant progress achieved thus far,” said Ron Kelly, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “Given the size and detail of this expansion, we have found it important to communicate information pertaining to construction updates to keep everyone informed about the status of each area, as it impacts all of the residents. It is with pleasure, that we plan to open some of these areas earlier than anticipated. We have met with many seniors who are eager to live at a community that offers new and upgraded services, with a proven track record of success and a positive reputation. We are looking forward to serving them, and are pleased to offer them a beautified campus.”
The community’s new independent living residences, Martins Landing, is completed and residents will start moving in this month. Leonard Rose Villas has an estimated completion date of mid to late summer, and the transitional care unit is expected to open by the end of 2016. In regards to new and expanded resident amenities, the Jim and Bess Blanchette Lifestyle Fitness Center is expected to be opened in September. The Rev. Dr. Blair and Cyndy Monie Chapel is due to be completed in early August. Kris Rose, a new resident of Presbyterian Village North, is delighted with the progress and says the expansion project is one of many things that helped sway her decision to move to PVN.
“I recently moved to PVN and have enjoyed seeing all the projects take shape. It is important to me that I live in a community where there are opportunities for enriching my mind, body and spirit,” said 76-year-old Rose, a former RN. “The healthcare delivery and quality of living available at PVN are outstanding and will improve as new amenities become available through the expansion project. I had two friends who lived here when I first visited 15 years ago. I was impressed with the campus then and am more pleased with it today. Even in retirement we seek companionship, which is why we come to live in a retirement community. We are here to make new friends, explore new social events and interests and engage in community. A new set of experiences awaits us.”
Rose believes that everyone is looking for different things in their retirement, so it is crucial for PVN to supply the means for satisfying those needs. She plans to use many of the new amenities on the campus, such as the lifestyle fitness center, the new dog park and the walking trails. Her two small dogs will benefit from these additions as well. Rose is excited about the renovations and campus beautification, as she believes that all of these things will help bring the residents together more often and will allow them to get to know each other better. She has found that she is making new friends just by attending fitness classes regularly. She loves getting to know people she has shared interests with in the community.
“We are catering to several different age groups and generations at this point,” said Kelly. “We are at a significant turning point in our industry, and it is imperative that we meet the needs of both our current and future residents. Life at PVN is rich because we are so centered in community. We are all eager for the expansion project to reach completion, as we have so many new memories to make.”