August 6, 2017, Alyssa Salela, McKnight's Senior Living - After more than a decade of work, Purchase College is moving forward with its plans to create a senior living community on its 500-acre campus. The educational institution, located in Purchase, NY, is a part of the State University of New York system.
The college is finalizing its environmental impact statement related to the project and expects the first phase of construction to begin in 2018 or 2019 and end in 2021. Life Care Services and Senior Care Development are partners in the effort.
The senior living community will have up to 385 units, but the first phase of construction most likely will involve approximately 220 units, Elizabeth Robertson, director of government relations and strategic projects for SUNY Purchase, told McKnight's Senior Living. The units primarily will be for independent living, with a small section of beds for memory care and assisted living.
The 40-acre community will welcome older adults aged 62 or more years.
The project will offer benefits to both residents and college students, Robertson said. Residents will have access to the college campus, which is home to the Neuberger Museum of Art, the 10th-largest college museum, and a performing arts center that attracts almost 200,000 people annually. The other draws for residents, she said, are the programming opportunities, with access to professors and students.
“It is an extension of our commitment to lifelong learning,” Robertson said.
The community also will offer numerous benefits to students and faculty through scholarships and support, she said. Students also will benefit through jobs, mentors, new programs such as art therapy and new audiences for their art, theatre, dance and music performances.
“There will be a whole new cohort of residents available who have the wisdom of age and careers to help and mentor our students become more successful,” Robertson said.
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