Willsboro The Champlain Valley Senior Community will reopen the doors of the former Willsboro Central School in a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15.
The building, located at 10 Gilliland Lane, will open as a place for seniors to live and enjoy the historical integrity of the building as it has been renovated into a state-of-the-art assisted living facility.
The grand opening of the Champlain Valley Senior Community Assisted Living and Memory Care will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Visitors can take a tour of the facility and listen to live music provided by the Willsboro Central School band during the festivities.
The event will be attended by former State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. The event will also possibly be attended Senator Betty Little, Congressman Bill Owens, and Assemblyman Dan Stec.
Eli Schwartzberg, developer with the Stone Brook Company that has renovated of the former school building since construction began in February 2012, said the building will also be welcoming their first few residents or the, “founders club,” over the weekend.
“About three people will be moving into the assisted living portion of the building, there are about 13 people that have signed up and paid their deposits,” said Schwartzberg. “Twenty of the 63 rooms in the facility have been booked.”
Schwartzberg said the Memory Wing, which has been designed to offer a safe and comfortable place for people suffering from dementia or other memory related illnesses to live apart from the assisted living facility, should be ready to be opened by the date of the grand opening.
Schwartzberg said it has been his goal from the time he purchased the building through renovation to maintain the character of the former schoolhouse while creating a warm and inviting environment for residents.