Ground Breaking

Leaders, builders, and residents start the project
11/16/2017    dwm photo
For an organization, breaking ground on a new project combines years of preparation, dreams, and hope.

My employer, Oakwood Village, broke ground Thursday to start a new chapter in its story.

You feel the mix of excitement, anticipation, and wonder.

The project will add 73 new independent living apartments and 33 assisted living units.

The Community Center will expand - offering more space for the campus fitness center, an exercise studio, life-long learning classroom, and an additional restaurant.

The Prairie Ridge campus offers a continuum of care.  That means older adults live independently and on their own.

If circumstances create a need for rehabilitation services, some assistance with activities of daily living, advanced help with day to day life, or services to help individuals with dementia; available on the same campus under one roof.

A small version of an Oakwood billboard.  (dwm)
I'm on the Prairie Ridge campus once a week.  It's a bucolic campus with friendly folks and more things to do than probably fit in your calendar.

More than half the apartments are already spoken for, but there is time to reserve a spot in advance of its opening in 2019.

Like all construction projects the excitement, anticipation, and wonder might be replaced at times by frustration, challenges, and questions.

The results will be worth it.  There is much to do.  The ground is broken, let the work begin.