SHELBURNE The completion of 37 new cottages and the expansion of long-term care facilities will be celebrated by Wake Robin on Thursday, December 13. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on the grounds at Wake Robin, the theme of which will be introducing new people and new places. Wake Robin, Vermonts only continuing care retirement community, first opened in May 1993 and is located off Bostwick Road in Shelburne. Currently, there are 265 residents in 212 apartments and cottages. According to town officials, these residents represent huge buying power for stores, restaurants, and gas stations in Shelburne. The expansion of Wake Robin has also created a number of employment opportunities, and now employs 200 people, up from 161. Wake Robin, even before its expansion, paid the highest real estate taxes in town. While some non-profit organizations do not pay property taxes, Wake Robin chose to pay its fair share of property taxes to the Town of Shelburne, said Fred Erdman, Wake Robins chief financial officer. The $50 million bond issued two years ago to build the new cottages and extended care facility also included provision for enlarging and improving existing facilities. A second dining room was enlarged and redecorated, the meeting room was enlarged with new sound equipment, and the activity rooms refurbished. In all, there are five dining rooms: three for those needing care and two for independent living residents. Of the 37 new cottages, 32 are sold and will be occupied by early next year.