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Decommissioning Ceremony Begins A New Phase

Dec 5, 2016 | News

Decommissioning CeremonyIn November at East Ridge at Cutler Bay, the decommissioning of several of the community’s 53 year-old buildings was celebrated by tributes from residents and executive director Jeff Merritt.

The community’s dining room, library, chapel, laundry, assisted living wing and health center have been readied for demolition as part of the campus wide repositioning. The new Three Palms building includes the community’s Heath Center with assisted living, memory support and short and long term rehabilitation as well as laundry facilities and dining.

Three Palms has only been opened for a year and residents were relocated to the new building from assisted living and the Health Center.

Jeff HallerTown Hall Chair Jeff Haller reflected on the decommissioned buildings in recalling them making a great first introduction to East Ridge when he was moving to the life plan community.

“The dining room and lounge were cheerful and comfortable and they will be missed,” he said.

Resident board member Dr. Carolyn Garwood added, “Our buildings show a life well lived. Over the past 50+ years they have stood firmly to do their job. From birthdays and celebrations in the dining room, to the meditative qualities offered by the Chapel to the vast number of books in the library which welcomed readers, we owe them a great deal. Despite their age, they continued to provide places for quality care.”

Previous improvements and additions to the East Ridge community have included a new fitness wellness center, lifestyle activity buildings and renovated residential villas. The community-wide expansion and renovation program utilizes a Key West inspired architectural design theme conceived in a master plan in 2014.