Otterbein St. Marys holds groundbreaking ceremony – Lima Ohio
ST MARYS — The Waterfront at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community held a groundbreaking ceremony for 16 new villas along Grand Lake.
Otterbein staff, board members and residents were in attendance.
“We currently have 80 patio homes on our campus,” said Malissa Smalley, executive director of the St. Marys facility. “We currently have about 240 residents on campus. That’s with independent living, assisted living and nursing residents.”
The villa homes are all independent living residents for elderly people who are capable of living on their own, without assistance, who partake of the facilities available to them at Campus Center, Smalley said. The homes come in one- or two-bedroom formats.
The new homes are being built along Dove and Cardinal Lanes on the Otterbein St. Marys campus, she said.
Jason Miller, senior vice president of operations said the new villas will include one and a half baths in one-bedroom homes and two baths in two-bedroom homes. They will also have open kitchen designs, a four-season room in the back of each home with a view of Grand Lake and each will have a front porch.
Miller apologized to the Otterbein residents for the noise and dust the construction will produce.
“I know construction can be stressful for all of us,” he said. “The first home should be completed around April. The entire project should be completed around July.”
“Everything in independent living is strictly rental,” said Rita Hilty, marketing director for Otterbein St. Marys, adding the pricing depends on the square footage. “Everything is included [in the rental cost]; the appliances, utilities, telephone, cable and internet. If you are a resident, you have full access to the life-enrichment center, which includes a library, warm-water pool, fitness center and a café.”
Charles Gamble, chair of the Otterbein of St. Marys board of directors, said the board approved the expansion project with a unanimous vote.
Smalley said Otterbein is set up like neighborhoods and people living in each “neighborhood,” independent , assisted living, nursing or rehabilitation come together as a community.
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