Retirement Community Looks to Expand

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY – A local retirement community is looking to expand and the project comes with a big price tag.

The Village at Penn State is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that’s home to about 200 residents. It’s been up and running for about 11 years now, but management there said they’re still growing.

Now, they need their facility to grow to keep up with demand.

The Capital Campaign Project kicked off Wednesday. The Village at Penn State is looking for resident donations of about $4 million to contribute to this project.

When all is said and done, they’re looking at about a $12 million price tag for renovations.

Chick King has lived at the Village for five years. He’s looking forward to expanding.

“As we age, we find that living and maintaining our homes becomes more of a challenge,” he said.

He said the Village draws in residents from all across Centre County, even folks from outside of the area. Now, they’re just trying to keep up.

“The ongoing care is critical to a whole lot of us. It’s a gift that we give our children,” King said. “Along with that, we wanted to be able to get to the personal care and the Atrium, which is our skilled nursing building, with an indoor pathway, so that is part of what is critical.”

The overall project will cost close to $12 million. So far, residents at the Village have raised about $1.6 million of those dollars. Their goal is $4 million.

“We’re starting with the personal care household addition, we’ll be adding an additional 14 beds for that,” Ellen Corbin, Executive Director of The Village at Penn State, said. “We need some community space so our residents can gather for lectures, functions, entertainment.”

Corbin said the expansion will also include a new community room and will create a new entrance to the Village. They’ll have more space for pathways and recreational activities so residents can stay active, too.

Chick’s favorite addition?

“I believe it would be the community room,” he said. “I hope it’s not the personal care because I think we are all very active here and we all enjoy that.”

The personal care center is considered phase one of the project. That building should be complete by next summer. Village management said the entire project should wrap up in three years.

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