At first thought, retirees and university students seem to be strange bedfellows. Why would buyers of senior housing want to spend their golden years surrounded by college kids?
Turns out “lifelong learning” is a growing buzzword in the senior-housing industry, explains Todd Shaw, director of development services for LCS Development, the company behind Broadview – Senior Living at Purchase College, a development of 220 independent-living homes for ages 62 and older that will be constructed on the Purchase College campus. “Seniors today don’t want to move off to a retirement home somewhere and be forgotten; rather, they want a place where they can interact with people and have new experiences,” Shaw notes.
The Broadview project aims to do just that. Touting itself as an “intergenerational senior-learning community,” it will provide residents with a unique combination: an upscale senior-living community in a dynamic atmosphere offering direct access to educational, theatrical, and cultural events literally in their own backyard.
Broadview’s plethora of amenities will include multiple dining venues, a movie theater, swimming pool, fitness center, spa, and salon, plus a state-of-the-art Learning Commons, which will have multimedia seminar rooms, performance and exhibition areas, a computer lab, and a café where “residents, students, and faculty can interact and learn from each other in a collaborative meeting and learning space,” says Shaw. An on-site health center will offer assisted-living and memory care to Broadview residents.
The homes at Broadview — which will be situated on 40 acres at the southwest portion of the 500-acre Purchase College — will include 174 one- and two-bedroom apartments (starting in the upper-$500,000s for a one-bedroom) with underground reserved parking, and 46 two-bedroom villas (ranging up to $2 million) with attached two-car garages.
Forty-four apartments have been designated for affordable living, starting in the mid-$200,000s. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020, with move-in slated for late 2021 or early 2022.