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Wartburg Completes $1M Renovations to Meadowview Assisted Living Facelift

Dr. Frank Polcari, medical director, Robert Dorcy, director of Rehabilitation Services, Janet Palazzolo, vice president, Residential and Home Care Services, Darlene Yancey, former Meadowview Memory care Coordinator. Photo Credit: Contributed
Sr. Mary Angela Smith and John Schuster, Meadowview administrator, cutting ribbon for new Marie Barletta Cafe. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Wartburg’s Meadowview Assisted Living Residence (ALR) in Mount Vernon had undergone a million-dollar renovation this past year, Wartburg recently announced.

The renovation refreshed the building’s look, updated wiring and technology, and gave a new look to the Concierge, Gathering Lounge and Café areas to stay in pace with other similar ALRs in the area, according to a release from Wartburg.

Wartburg, a senior residential and healthcare provider, is dedicated to providing residential options for the oldest members of the community in a safe, stimulating environment on its 34-acre gated campus, the release said.

The majority of of renovation work was in the common spaces of the facility on the main floor, specifically in the Gathering Lounge and surrounding areas. The $1,000,000 in renovations and upgrades came entirely from refinancing existing bonds that were used to build Meadowview in 2000.

These renovations were made possible through the Westchester County Local Development Corporation’s resolution in May of 2015, giving Wartburg access to $12.5 million in low-cost bonds to refinance existing debt and renovate the assisted living facility, according to the release.

The tax-exempt bond issue carried no financial risk to county taxpayers and saved the nonprofit nearly $2.5 million in financing cost, the release said.

“As a result of the renovations, the common areas are much more inviting and comfortable,” said David J. Gentner, president and CEO of Wartburg. “It is amazing how much technology advances have influenced aspects of our resident’s quality of life since 2000."

Additional work included a complete overhaul of the main dining room, including new furniture, floors, window treatments, artwork, re-carpeting of the second and third floors, wiring of the building for Wi-Fi access, installation of electronic door locks for resident rooms and installation of a new emergency call system for residents.

“I’m so happy we were able to complete this project to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Meadowview," said John Schuster, Meadowview administrator. "Seeing our residents enjoying the newly renovated spaces on a daily basis makes it all worthwhile."

The architectural firm for the project was KDA out of Voorhees, N.J., and the general contractor was DGC Capital Contracting from Mount Vernon. Carpeting was done by Magna Dry, also from Mount Vernon.

Future plans include a minor facelift in the Memory Care dining room. The Memory Care Unit is a15-resident area in the facility that cares for individuals with special needs related to cognitive challenges like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is licensed by the New York State Department of Health as a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence.

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