LENOX – Vintage Park, an assisted living and memory care community in Lenox, announced it will be expanding its memory care services in early 2019.
Currently, Vintage Park contains 28 assisted living and seven memory care apartments. After the five unit expansion is complete, Vintage Park will have a total of 40 apartments – 12 memory care and 28 assisted living.
The five additional memory care units will be located in the part of the building that formerly was home to the CHI Clinic. The expansion plans have been approved by the State Fire Marshal and “deconstruction” of the clinic area has begun. As part of this project, the kitchen, serving and dining areas in memory care will be updated, and a new whirlpool SPA room and public bathroom will be added to the memory care space. It is hoped the new apartments will be available by early spring 2019.
As a part of this expansion, Vintage Park has renovated a portion of the Precious People building that was not needed for the preschool and daycare program. Vintage Park’s administrative offices have moved into the new Vintage Park “annex.” A parking pad and separate entrance have been installed for easy access to the annex on the east side of the building.
Vintage Park Manager Doug Junker cites the growing need for memory care services as the reason for the expansion. He said Vintage Park owners explored several other options, including building a new facility about 15 miles away, and constructing a new wing to house additional memory care apartments on the Vintage Park site, before settling on the current expansion plan. Junker noted the cost of construction and materials has increased dramatically in the past 24 months – along with rising interest rates – as the primary factors influencing Vintage Park’s decision to renovate underutilized space in the building.
Vintage Park plans to hold an open house for the Lenox community, once the project is completed.