Willsboro Central School student artwork can still be seen on the walls of the Champlain Valley Senior Community, which will host its grand opening June 15.
The Champlain Valley Senior Community will reopen the doors of the former Willsboro Central School in a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15.
The building, located at 10 Gilliland Lane, will open as a place for seniors to live and enjoy the historical integrity of the building as it has been renovated into a state-of-the-art assisted living facility.
The grand opening of the Champlain Valley Senior Community Assisted Living and Memory Care will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Visitors can take a tour of the facility and listen to live music provided by the Willsboro Central School band during the festivities.
The event will be attended by former State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. The event will also possibly be attended Senator Betty Little, Congressman Bill Owens, and Assemblyman Dan Stec.
Eli Schwartzberg, developer with the Stone Brook Company that has renovated of the former school building since construction began in February 2012, said the building will also be welcoming their first few residents or the, “founders club,” over the weekend.
“About three people will be moving into the assisted living portion of the building, there are about 13 people that have signed up and paid their deposits,” said Schwartzberg. “Twenty of the 63 rooms in the facility have been booked.”
Schwartzberg said the Memory Wing, which has been designed to offer a safe and comfortable place for people suffering from dementia or other memory related illnesses to live apart from the assisted living facility, should be ready to be opened by the date of the grand opening.
Schwartzberg said it has been his goal from the time he purchased the building through renovation to maintain the character of the former schoolhouse while creating a warm and inviting environment for residents.
“It has turned out better than I ever pictured it would be, the historic architecture and state-of-the-art assisted living facility really compliment each other,” said Schwartzberg. “When people take the tour they are going to see the original chalk boards with writing saved from the last day at school in the building.”
The facility is also the only in the North Country with an enhanced assisted living license that Schwartzberg said allows it to provide a wider variety of service and can take in people who need a higher level of care.
The Stonebrook Company has built a beauty salon, a chapel, an ice cream parlor, a movie theater and a stage for community performances in the former school gymnasium that has also been transformed into a dining room.
The building also features a doctor’s office, emergency generator, elevator, handicap accessible bathrooms and state-of-the-art security.
For more information about the facility go to champlainassistedliving.com or to inquire about becoming a resident submit an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 963-1110.