Updated 08/14/2008 02:18 PM
First fee-for-service retirement home in New York State
ENDWELL, N.Y. -- It's just mounds of dirt spanning 63 acres right now, but there may soon be a waiting list to live here.
"Over 75 percent of the units have already been reserved for the cottages and apartments," said Michael Keenan, the Good Shepherd Village CEO.
"As the first people in, we get the choices of the rugs and the colors and all the good stuff," Rose Papa, a Good Shepherd Village resident.
In the near future, seniors will be living in 154 independent units and call The Good Shepherd Village of Endwell their new home. They asked the company for roomier quarters.
"The cottage we have is two-car garage and both of us are still semi-employed so we both use cars. And the two-bedroom, so that friends could come and visit was impressive for us," said Harry Frederick, a Good Shepherd Village resident.
And a way to maintain an active lifestyle.
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"This community has an indoor heated swimming pool, a 1,000-square foot fitness center. It has a multiple dining venues, a formal restaurant, an informal restaurant, a pub, a grab and go coffee kiosk, plus there's a 1,500 square foot social hall," said Keenan.
Now luxury amenities aside, what will really set the Good Shepherd Village apart, is that it will be a fee-for-service community, the first ever in New York State.
Formerly, retirement communities asked for long-term care services to be paid in advance. In the new system, seniors are also eligible for a 90 percent refund of the entrance fee, should they want to leave.
"It really kind of fits into as mentioned, Broome County's overall economic plan. These are the kinds of villages or facilities that have been talked about around the country and this is the first one in New York State," said Thomas Libous, the deputy senate majority leader.
The first group of residents are expected to move in by fall of next year.
Good Shepherd estimates their project will result in 300 construction jobs nearly 150 permanent on-campus jobs.