A CUT ABOVE — Residents and officials were on hand to celebrate the ribbon-cutting in Springville. Foreground, from left: Mitch Martin, representing State Sen. Patrick Gallivan; Matt McNeil, for New York Rep. Chris Collins; Springville Mayor William Krebs; People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. James Boles; HUD Field Director Joan Spilman and Jessie Kochersberger, tenant of People Inc. Orchard Senior Living. Photos by Joshua Gordon.
SPRINGVILLE — People Inc. celebrated the official opening of its Orchard Senior Living apartments, located at 276 Waverly St. in Springville, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 19.
According to the organization, the Springville facility is the 18th such project by People Inc.
Seniors began moving into the 36,400-square-foot, 42-unit facility over the summer, less than a year after the Aug. 23 groundbreaking ceremony for the site, and well in advance of the opening celebration.
“At this point, we’re building a healthy waiting list,” said Nicole Forgione, public affairs manager for People Inc.
GRAND OPENING — People Inc. celebrated the opening of its new Orchard Senior Living in Springville with a ribbon cutting. Photos by Joshua Gordon.
Springville Mayor William Krebs, along with representatives from the village of Springville, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the offices of New York Rep. Chris Collins and state Sen. Patrick Gallivan, staff and residents were on hand for the ceremony.
According to Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Frederick, People Inc. received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, in 2007, to build the facility, originally planned for Orchard Park.
“When it became apparent we couldn’t get it done in Orchard Park, the town of Concord and the village of Springville encouraged us to come here,” said Frederick. “From the elected officials to the chamber of commerce, to the Springville Concord Elder Network, and to be honest, just about everybody in this geographic area welcomed us with open arms.”
Joan Spilman, field director for HUD, said that, in addition to grant money for the project, “We also provided subsidies that continue to make rents affordable.”
Krebs said that, while local demographics played a role in the project, the benefits of the development go beyond the numbers.
“Many months ago, we heard about why we need this facility here. The data: 2,500 senior citizens over the age of 62 living within a 5-mile radius [of Springville] ... I’m sure went into the planning and the funding of the $6 million from the federal government. But I think today, we can measure the success on the smiles and the comfort of the people who are living here,” said Krebs.
Orchard Senior Living hosts a live-in caretaker to assist in emergencies, a computer room, two community rooms – one of which, Forgione said, can be rented out for family functions – an open kitchen, laundry room and accommodations for the hearing- and vision-impaired.
A NEW CHAPTER — “This is a whole new move for me,” said Gloria Hewson. The Orchard Senior Living resident said she appreciates the staff and the variety of activities at the facility.
Resident Gloria Hewson, 85, formerly of Orchard Park, said she appreciates the activities available to residents.
“We have coffee hours [and] craft time,” she said, pointing to a mug-sized Christmas tree made of multicolored buttons; “we made that tree – I would have never thought to make that.”
Hewson said the facility offers movie night and shopping days for residents. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do,” she continued. “But we do mix a lot. When you’re retired, you have more time.”
Frances McNell, 91, formerly of Frewsburg and Eden, said she appreciates the safety and location of her new home. “I looked out other day and it was snowing and I just felt so safe,” she said, showing off her remote-controlled “fireplace.”
“It’s so convenient to everything. My children are all in the vicinity,” she added.
Forgione encouraged anyone seeking an apartment at Orchard Senior Living to apply sooner, rather than later. “It’s best to get the application process started early,” she said.
For more information or an application for People Inc. Orchard Senior Living, call 716-817-9090.