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Calamar Celebrates Auburn NY Senior Housing Groundbreaking

Tue, Jun 25th 2013 02:00 pm, by kgriffiths

Central NY Senior Community

Calamar Celebrates With Ground Breaking  

For Auburn Senior Apartment Community

(Auburn, NY June 19, 2013)  Calamar, a full service real estate organization with divisions in construction, development, property management and finance & investment, celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to signify the start of construction on a new senior community located at 138 Standart Avenue in Auburn, New York.

The Grove at Auburn Village will be a 3-story senior apartment community comprised of one hundred ten (110) one and two bedroom units for those 55+ young.  Centrally located, The Village at Auburn Grove is poised to service the needs of seniors directly in the Auburn region as well as supporting the surrounding neighborhoods of Rochester and Syracuse. 

The apartments will feature Calamar's "classic" model providing spaciously sized living units within a very affordable rent structure, combining many amenities into the rent fee.  "Our philosophy is to provide truly affordable rents for the middle income bracket.  There are many programs available for those with income restrictions as well as the high-end, expensive retirement communities.  We're filling that void in between and providing a much needed and sought after product", said Calamar Director of Leasing & Lifestyle, Tina Vinocur.  The Village at Auburn Grove boasts a much sought after feature in its two bedroom apartments with a portion of them having the option of 1 1/2 baths.  "In our on-going quest to better each community we build, we have incorporated this enhanced bath model based on the request of our senior residents.  It's a sought after amenity mostly with our couples".  Vinocur said. 

"The apartments we build are indeed affordable, yet another priceless amenity they offer residents is a real sense of belonging, a community where friendships flourish.  It's not just about the "bricks and mortar" of a building.  It's an enhanced lifestyle with programs and activities managed by the residents with the help of our managers, engaging and developing new relationships.  We have a saying at our communities that really rings true, "Come as strangers, live as friends".  It's what we believe in and strive for with each community we build". Vinocur said.  

The Village at Auburn Grove is an independent living community.  One of the ways we help our residents stay independent is through our SELF (Seniors Empowered to Live Life to the Fullest) program where residents can choose and easily access a multitude of goods and services on an "al a carte" basis creating much greater cost effectiveness.  Calamar is partnering with select agencies and vendors to provide services to our community as well as reduced rates on a variety of products. 

This program was developed as an added feature to empower our residents to select only the specific services they may require, as they need them.  This differs greatly from other senior communities that consolidate all the services they offer within the residents rent plan, whether those services are utilized or not", Vinocur said.  These services may include anything from transportation options, cleaning, meal supplement programs to home health services and much more. This enables people to choose the services they need while helping alleviate high rents.

The Village at Auburn Grove represents a $10 Million dollar investment and is the eighth senior housing project Calamar has embarked on.  Calamar's portfolio of senior housing development is comprised of properties in Western & Central New York and Omaha, Nebraska.  Calamar has been developing senior housing for over 20 years and has built over 2,000 plus units.

"Clearly, there is a tremendous need for more senior housing as our population ages" said Calamar Director of Senior Services, Jocelyn Bos.  "The demand is overwhelming and we feel our product fills a niche that was presently void in Auburn to bring high quality, reasonably priced senior options to the marketplace".  This project faced several obstacles and would not have been possible without the cooperation and assistance of the City of Auburn, the Auburn Industrial Development Agency and the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, which recognized the value this project will generate, allowing us to create truly affordable housing for the elderly". Bos said.  "We are grateful for their support and thrilled for the residents of Auburn".

Residents of The Village at Auburn Grove can recognize significant savings by the way Calamar incorporates many of the every day services into the rents while keeping them affordable.   Some amenities included in the rent are heat, standard cable and hot water, kitchen appliances and an in-suite washer and dryer.   Our apartment building features a large community room that residents can use for events or private parties at no additional cost, a lounge with a fireplace, secured access with video monitoring and is 100% smoke-free. Pets are welcome.

Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.  For more information on pre-leasing, contact Nancy Rivers at 1-877-693-3949.