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Upper Arlington’s first community village opens new complex as part of $ 37 million campus update

Owen Milnes | CBF: The Upper Arlington First Community Village seniors community has opened The Fairfax, an independent living complex as part of a $ 37 million update for the community.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) – Upper Arlington’s first community village has opened The Fairfax, an independent living complex that is part of a $ 37 million update.

The four-story building with 70 apartments in the National Church Residences community along Riverside Drive north of 5th Avenue is available for those 55 and over, according to a press release. Residents have access to an on-site wellness center including a cardio room with spa services.

“Our elders, as they get older. they want to continue to engage in their community, ”said Matt’s rule, Senior Vice President of Development at National Church Residences – an Upper Arlington-based non-profit organization that provides senior housing communities.

“They want to continue to engage with their grandchildren, with their neighborhood, with their peers, they want to be active. “

According to the press release, the apartments will add 130 new residents to the 302 who currently live in the First Community Village.

Brendan king, chairman of Upper Arlington City Council, said the addition helps diversify housing options in the city.

“People love Upper Arlington. They love to live here, ”he said. “But they can’t find the right house for them, and if they can’t climb the stairs or do that sort of thing, that kind of facility allows them to age in place, and we really are. proud. “

Expansion plans were announced in November 2017. Part of the $ 37 million has been allocated for a new gated entrance and updated common areas at Chelsea, a building next to the Fairfax.

Elford Inc. took care of the construction.

National Church Residences may consider future expansion if demand for senior housing continues to rise in the area, Todd Hutchins, director of public relations for National Church Residences, said in an email.

“It’s been a long time to prepare for us as an organization,” said Rule. “We have really seen a need for additional seniors housing in this area of ​​Tri-Village. “

Fifty of the 70 apartments were pre-let on Thursday, and Rule said about 30 people had already moved in. The campus also offers continuing care services.

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