Coburg Village, the upscale senior living community at Grooms and Vischer Ferry roads, has completed a nearly $19 million expansion, increasing its total living units to 287.
“We found several years ago that we had a waiting list because our reputation was so good,” said Kathryn Welden-Pinney, executive director of the independent living community.
This was why Lutheran Care Network, the nonprofit organization with 13 senior living facilities in New York state, applied for a zoning change so that an additional 78 units could be built at its location in the Rexford area of Clifton Park. The town approved the project in 2010 and now the units are ready for occupancy.
A ministry of The Lutheran Care Network, Coburg Village is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing high-quality, nondenominational residential services and related programs for older adults.
“We rented 50 of the 78 units right away,” said Welden-Pinney.
The new units are larger than the apartments in the first phase of the community. The new units have open kitchens and breakfast bars as well as screened in porches and balconies.
Coburg Village also expanded its community areas with a Parisian-style bistro offering tableside service and outside seating in warmer weather. The expansion also includes a larger fitness center, a theater for musical performances, a specially designed art studio and an expanded chapel.
The Coburg management is currently offering the apartments and those who reserve an apartment in the near future can participate in the furnishing and decorating of the rooms according to their tastes, according to the Coburg Village website (www.coburgvillage.com). Tours of the new areas started earlier this month.
When the town of Clifton Park approved the expansion project, it requested that the developers stabilize and renovate a vacant old tavern building near the corner of Grooms and Vischer Ferry roads.
Town officials said the facade of the early-to-mid 1800s building has been renovated as requested. Welden-Pinney said the structure had two sections, one more recent than the other.
She said the facade of the older structure has been renovated. The interior of the building has not been upgraded because Coburg Village does not yet have a purpose for the building, she said.
LeCesse Construction, with headquarters in Monroe County, was the general contractor for the expansion.
More than 200 construction workers were occupied at the site during construction.
Lutheran Care Services, which is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, operates senior care housing complexes, nursing homes, assisted living and home-care services in New York City, Long Island, Poughkeepsie, and the Capital Region.
The nonprofit corporation’s administrative offices are in New Rochelle.