Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Columbus city officials and future residents joined Westminster-Thurber Community to break ground on a $30 million senior high-rise Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Westminster-Thurber Community is expanding its campus with a third tower. The eight-story building, which will be called Goodale Landing, will include one- and two-bedroom condo-style apartments.
"Goodale Landing is comfortable luxury," says OPRS Communities President Daniel J. O'Connor. Westminster-Thurber Community is owned and operated by OPRS Communities, a subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS).
"With 9-foot ceilings, four-season sunrooms, heated bathroom floors, balconies, in-apartment laundry rooms and underground heated parking, it's designed for today's older adult," says O'Connor. "Plus, our Goodale Landing residents are just steps away from fresh, upscale dining options, a fitness center and an indoor heated pool."
The new building will be connected to the existing campus by a cozy, indoor walkway. Additionally, the innovative options and services offered at Westminster-Thurber, a continuing care retirement community, also will be available to Goodale Landing residents.
The campus is three blocks from Huntington Park and the Arena District with easy access to bicycle trails, arts and entertainment, parks, shopping and nightlife. It's a vibrant, sophisticated lifestyle.
"Westminster-Thurber Community has been serving older adults with integrity, compassion and friendship for 48 years," says OPRS President/CEO Laurence C. Gumina. "Planted in Victorian Village, Goodale Landing's appeal is in both its amenities and its cultured, walkable neighborhood. We're proud to call Columbus home and help our new residents take in all the city offers."
Goodale Landing will add 68 apartments and age diversity to Downtown.
"Columbus is growing not only in number of residences but also in demographics. Goodale Landing is more than 90 percent reserved, and prospective residents are an average age of 73," says Westminster-Thurber Executive Director Leslie Belfance.
"The Goodale Landing project not only invigorates the Westminster-Thurber campus; it improves the entire city of Columbus," says Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "The investment creates the opportunity for new housing, new residents and new vitality in our city's core."
Sixty-two apartments already were reserved before the early December groundbreaking, leaving six available apartments.
Goodale Landing was designed by Mike Milligan of Columbus' JMM Architects. Milligan studied Victorian Village while attending The Ohio State University's School of Architecture in the late '70s.
"The charm of Neil Avenue's homes left a lasting impression," says Milligan. "When given the opportunity to design a new building at Westminster-Thurber, one of my immediate cues was to use the stylized residential aesthetic of the surrounding community."
Goodale Landing is scheduled to open in fall 2015 in time for the 50th anniversary of the community's original seven-story building at Neil and Collins avenues.
About Westminster-Thurber Community
Westminster-Thurber Community is owned and operated by OPRS Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Ohio's largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services.