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Westminster Canterbury renovating, adding apartments
Article By Rachel Smith
Photo by Kendall Warner
In a response to growing demand for senior independent housing, Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg is currently undergoing a $24 million renovation to add 26 new modern independent-living apartments, a new parking deck and renovations to assisted living and to a dining room on its campus on VES Road.
Each apartment has already been pre-sold. Work began this summer and is anticipated to be completed by the end of next year.
“Nationwide, you’re seeing the demand for housing like this spike,” said Sean Huyett, president and CEO of Westminster Canterbury. “And it’s interesting though, at the same time as we’re building these 26 units, we’ve gotten a little smaller across the campus.”
When WCL was built, it had 100 studios, and people aren’t interested in those like they used to be, he said. Over the past 15 years, the facility has been merging studios to create a two-bedroom apartment or a one-bedroom apartment with a den.
“So we’ve gotten smaller to the tune of probably 13 or 14 homes here at Creekside and Brookhaven,” he said, referring to apartments at WCL, “and the need for more living spaces like this for this group of people is growing.”
When WCL opened its $40 million Drinkard building in 2019, giving a new home to more than 80 residents, the facility vacated three floors in the Riverside and Hearthside buildings, Huyett said.
The fifth-floor assisted-living neighborhood of the Hearthside building is already complete with residents moved into the space in September. Renovations in this building have now moved to the fourth floor and eventually will move to the third floor.
Westminster will be converting the top three floors of the original Drinkard building — renamed “Riverside” — into 26 new independent-living apartments and creating new suites and single rooms within the three floors of the Hearthside assisted living neighborhoods, Huyett said.
The units — most of them with two bedrooms — will range from 800 to 1,600 square feet and most will feature balconies.
All 26 units will have between 35 to 38 people moving in when they are complete next year. Along with that, a new parking deck will be built starting this month, and construction is expected to take nine months.