Resort-Style Senior Living Community Opens Near Pittsburgh

Resort Lifestyle Communities’ independent living facility in Bridgeville, Pa., offers 128 residential units for adults age 55 and over.

Aerial view of Chartiers Bend. Image courtesy of Resort Lifestyle Communities

Chartiers Bend Retirement Resort, a new 55+ retirement community, has opened in the Pittsburgh-area municipality of Bridgeville, Pa. Developed by Nebraska-based Resort Lifestyle Communities at 1001 Hastings Park Drive, the community features 128 apartments in a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans.

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The monthly rent pays for utilities, live-in management, 24/7 emergency call system, appointment transport, concierge services and valet parking.

We have an incredible research and development team, and the team highlights the communities where the senior population is growing. And also where there are robust family ties that lead seniors to want to stay in the communities where they raised their families and remain active parts of those family units,” Kelly Jo Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Resort Lifestyle Communities, told Multi-Housing News.

There is a need for our particular product in these areas. We offer an independent living-specific community, where seniors who want to move from their current homes but are not ready for assisted living can gain that lifestyle,” Hinrichs added.

Chartiers Bend is the 31st development Resort Lifestyle Communities has opened, according to Hinrichs. The company’s construction pipeline comprises 16 developments, with an additional 26 projects under contract.

Chartiers Bend offers a central “Main Street” with in-house bank, 150-seat theatre, salon, gift shop, pharmacy, fitness facility, business center and game room. Also part of the all-inclusive amenities are a 24-hour chef’s pantry, lounge and dining program. In addition, room service, daily health and wellness programs, travel program and social activities are provided.

The theatre is available for the community at large to use for free, and all that’s required is to allow our residents to pop in and participate,” Hinrichs said. “Maybe a local chamber will host a ‘First Friday’ event. The chamber can use our theatre but allow our residents to pop in and engage. Because they’re not taking care of a home and the things homeownership requires, our residents can re-engage in other aspects of life.”

Heinrichs noted that no significant challenges arose in developing Chartiers Bend or in earlier site selection. “From the moment we started the original development process, we were humbled by the support from the local business professionals, government leaders and chamber executives and their investors,” she said.

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Senior Living last summer completed the $10 million expansion of Windy Hill Village in Philipsburg, adding 48 units for residents 62 and over.

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