White Plains, New York (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
More than 200 local dignitaries including State, County and City officials joined with executives from The Engel Burman Group on May 2 to celebrate the Grand Opening of The Bristal at White Plains a new assisted living community that is setting a new standard of excellence in Westchester County.
"Over the last 14 years, The Bristal has become the leader in this important field because of the care we have put into assisting our residents in every way possible and the enormous commitment and skill of our professional staff. We are absolutely delighted to be here in White Plains and Westchester County," said Jan Burman, President of The Engel Burman Group, the developer of The Bristal Assisted Living.
Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on May 2, Mr. Burman added, “Our families find it necessary to bring aging parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents back to Westchester in order to care for them. However, balancing family obligations and careers makes it difficult for their loved ones to live at home with them. This is where The Bristal meets their needs. We provide a loving environment with unsurpassed quality care and we look forward to our future here in Westchester.”
"On behalf of everyone from The Engel Burman Group and the Caiola Partners, I would like to thank the many political leaders and officials from the City and County who have worked with us to make this dream a reality. The transformation of this former hospital building into a new state-of-the-art assisted living community is a remarkable achievement. The Bristal at White Plans is bringing high quality senior care to Westchester while creating new jobs for the area economy," said Steven Krieger, Partner of The Engel Burman Group.
Located at the site of the former St. Agnes Hospital at 305 North Street, The Bristal at White Plains provides the look and feel of a luxury hotel while offering enhanced assisted living. The Bristal features 148 residences including 32 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care. Residents at The Bristal enjoy top-of-the-line health care services including a full-scale wellness program, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision, bathing and dressing assistance and a RN/LPN on duty.
“I am pleased to welcome The Bristal to White Plains and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them. This community is a wonderful example of how an asset can be re-used and reinvigorated in a way that fills a specific need and that is compatible with its surroundings," said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach.
“I am pleased that Westchester County’s Industrial Development Agency was able to help make The Bristal a reality. Not only does this assisted living community bring top notch care and quality of life to our residents, but it also brings jobs to Westchester. Congratulations to The Bristal and its developer Engel Burman and the Caiola Partners,” said Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino.
The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) provided financial assistance for the development of The Bristal at White Plains by authorizing the issuance and sale of $38,590,000 of tax-exempt bonds at no risk to the county or taxpayers. Additionally, the IDA was able to offer exemptions of sales tax on qualified purchases.
Pictured in the ribbon-cutting photo are, from left, Benny Caiola of North Street Community LLC; Jack Rosenthal of JR Equities; Deputy Westchester County Executive Kevin Plunkett; Jan Burman, President, The Engel Burman Group; Sydney Engel, Partner, The Engel Burman Group; Alfred Caiola of North Street Community LLC; Bristal resident Josie Kulka; Bristal resident Richard Stout; Steve Rosenthal of North Street Community LLC; White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach; Steven Krieger, Partner, The Engel Burman Group: Rose Caiola of North Street Community LLC, and David Burman, Partner, The Engel Burman Group.
The Bristal at White Plains opened its doors to residents in November and has already reached close to 40 percent occupancy, according Halina McLean, Executive Director. “Our residents love it here! We have everything they need to make them feel right at home, from the high quality care to luxury amenities to the wide range of daily activities and events," she said.
Luxury amenities at The Bristal include an elegant lobby, cinema, fitness center, salon, arts & crafts studio, bingo center, card and game room, library, business center, wellness center, heated outdoor pool and putting green. Gourmet meals are prepared and served three times a day in the beautifully appointed dining room, or residents can get a snack in the bistro any time of day. There is even a private dining room that can be reserved for private family gatherings. Services provided include housekeeping, weekly linen service, laundry, transportation to activities and cultural events and shopping trips. The recreation director arranges parties, entertainment, exercise classes and a wide range of educational and social programs. The Bristal’s private motor coach transports residents to outside events at parks, museums, concert halls, churches and synagogues, as well as shopping excursions.
The Bristal provides the ideal location for those who love the tranquility of a country setting, as well as the close proximity to downtown White Plains. With abundant shopping at The Galleria at White Plains and The Westchester, entertainment, banking, dining, hospitals, health centers, culture and the Metro North Railroad all nearby, residents have the best of both worlds.
The Bristal at White Plains represents the debut in Westchester of The Engel Burman Group , which has been delivering exceptional assisted living for over a decade on Long Island where it currently operates seven assisted living communities. The Engel Burman Group is currently building its second Bristal community in Westchester which is slated to open next year in Armonk.
"Westchester County is an ideal location for our assisted living communities. The aging of Westchester's baby boomer population is creating a growing demand for assisted living communities that offer the highest quality of care with great amenities and services, which is precisely what we provide at our Bristal communities," said Mr. Burman.
For more information about The Bristal at White Plains contact (914) 681-1800 or visit http://www.thebristal.com