40 new residents settle into Westminster Canterbury's newest independent living building

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40 new residents settle into Westminster Canterbury's newest independent living building

The new independent living apartments, called Riverside, at Westminster Canterbury are complete and house 40 new residents.

The Riverside apartments are located on the top three floors of Westminster Canterbury’s original Drinkard building and were designed to meet a demand for larger, more open residences.

The exterior of the building was redesigned to feature floor-to-ceiling windows, maximizing the connection to the outdoors and enhancing the natural light within the residences.

Floor plans range from 423 square-feet to more than 2,000 square-feet and cost between $55,000 and $500,000 depending on size and contract.

“In our continuing efforts to improve the quality of life for current and future residents, Westminster Canterbury has converted three floors of vacant space into 26 bright, spacious apartments with balconies,” Sean Huyett, president and CEO of Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg, said.

Riverside was designed by Roanoke-based SFCS Architects, with real estate consulting services by Matthews Development of Charlottesville and construction by Jamerson-Lewis Construction of Lynchburg.

“Renovations to our assisted living neighborhoods in the building plus a new parking deck were part of the $25 million project completed in March,” he said.

Huyett said Riverside was conceived in 2021 and noted renovating a 40-year-old building during the COVID-19 pandemic presented certain challenges.

“Our team made early strategic decisions to procure materials to ensure that the overall project was completed on time and budget,” he said.

Although Westminster Canterbury owns additional land that is undeveloped, there are no current plans for a new project, he said.

Bill and Mary Jane Hobbs moved into an apartment at Riverside in January.

Mary Jane Hobbs said her health concerns and the assurance of ongoing care played a significant role in their decision to move to Westminster Canterbury and the support and encouragement from friends who had already chosen Riverside further solidified their choice.

Smith, R. (2023, May 20). 40 new residents settle into Westminster Canterbury’s newest Independent Living Building.

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