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Friendship Village Chesterfield Breaks Ground

Chesterfield Ground Breaking - Friendship VillageCelebrating a theme of partnership, Friendship Village Chesterfield broke ground this week on 30 new independent living apartments and a heated underground parking garage in a planned multi-million dollar expansion. Expansion plans call for the $15 million senior living addition to offer a range of apartment styles, sizes and floor plans.

The retirement community's master plan, still in refinement, will bring the total capacity at Friendship Village Chesterfield to more than 450 apartment homes and villas.

Partnering extended to current residents welcoming prospective residents who plan to move into the new building, to the Claymont Elementary School which sent their school chorus in recognition of Friendship Village's volunteer efforts at the school, and to architect and construction partners for the expansion.

In a generation to generation program of some 18 years, Friendship Village Chesterfield residents volunteer at the Claymont Elementary School. That volunteering brings math tutoring, reading assistance and extra help and attention to selected students at the school, Kimberly Cowell, vocal music instructor, said.

At the groundbreaking Wednesday, 33 fifth grade students sang "We Are the People of the 21st Century" and wrote what they plan to do in 20 years for a time capsule associated with the expansion.

The day found Sarilda Blake, future resident of the new building, telling other depositors that they had a unique opportunity to watch their apartment homes in progress, to have input on them and to meet and get to know each other before becoming neighbors.

Other renovations and upgrades to the current community continue highlighted by the completion in September, 2012, of $1 million refurbishments to the newly renamed Village Care Center, the skilled nursing and assisted living component of Friendship Village Chesterfield. "Ongoing updates keep our communities an excellent choice for today's seniors. Many new features at Friendship Village Chesterfield include additional villas, a 250 seat theater, a bistro, and heated pool. The updated fitness center features personalized fitness plans," Mike Heselbarth, corporate operations director for the two local Friendship Village communities, said.

Nestled in the heart of Chesterfield at 15201 Olive Boulevard since 1974, Friendship Village Chesterfield, a not for profit senior living community governed by a local board of directors, benefits from management by Iowa based Life Care Services. The community provides vibrant choices for senior living by offering apartments and villas, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

Friendship Village's LifeCare program assures seniors independent living and unlimited days of assisted living and skilled nursing care on site -- if needed -- at a continuing predictable and known cost.

The financial model includes entrance fee options which vary with the type of residence, a refundable buy in option and low monthly charges. Multiple plans exist for tailoring to specific needs and requirements.

The sister community, Friendship Village Sunset Hills, broke ground in September on 10 new villas.

Left to right in photo:
Brian Anderson -- Vice President/Director of Construction LCS Development
Mike Heselbarth -- Corporate Operations Director, Friendship Villages

Andy McDonell - Project Director, Brinkmann Constructors
Sarilda Blake, new building resident
Chesterfield Mayor Bruce Geiger
Jim Hudgins -- Principle, THW Architects
Howard Curtis -- President, Friendship Villages' local board of directors