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Westminster Baldwin Park’s Phase Ii Now Open: ‘Today Represents Hope And Renewal’
May 5, 2021
Today, Westminster Baldwin Park’s second phase officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. This new satellite campus of Westminster Winter Park, a Life Plan Community, will feature a total of 155 apartment residences and 40 beds for short-term rehab. The second phase of development consisted of 76 Independent Living apartment residences for older adults.
The community and its leadership are delighted to welcome their newest residents. “We are so pleased to be here today, and greeting so many new residents,” said Westminster Winter Park Executive Director Tom Rockenbach. “This second phase is the culmination of building our beautiful new neighborhood here.”
Westminster Baldwin Park’s Phase II features an expansion of three additional new residential buildings with 76 apartment homes in Orlando’s walkable, multi-generational Baldwin Park neighborhood. Residences have balconies with beautiful water and campus views, with beautifully appointed amenities and finishes. Westminster Baldwin Park was designed by Fugleberg Koch of Winter Park, with construction managed by Clancy & Theys of Winter Garden. This expansion of the Westminster Winter Park Life Plan Community also features innovative and sustainable building features, like higher-efficiency HVAC systems, zero VOC paints and sealants, and long life-span construction materials and more.
“I think, and I hope you believe, that today can represent hope and renewal, and as a step toward the new future,” said Terry Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida, to welcome the new residents. “We are not only celebrating these beautiful buildings — we also celebrate the growth of our Mission as we welcome 114 residents into the Westminster family. That’s incredible considering what we have been through over the last year.”
Jeff Mock, Vice President of Clancy & Theys and a member of the Westminster Communities of Florida Board of Directors, said, “Today we are fulfilling the organization’s Mission of serving the residents. It has been a challenging 14 months with COVID-19, and constructing a new building. You blessed the lives of our folks at Clancy & Theys, too, keeping the hundreds and hundreds of workers out here working on building this new community. This organization truly is blessed.”
Westminster Baldwin Park was designed from the beginning with the unique needs and expectations of older adults in mind, according to Fugleberg Koch. The residences were designed to incorporate views of the natural settings, and resident mental and physical health were of utmost importance in the design process.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was performed by Scott Stenton, the Resident Council Vice President. The ceremony also featured a blessing from the Rev. Jeff Parkkila, the community’s chaplain, and welcoming remarks from Karen Buchan, president of the Westminster Winter Park Resident Council.
The first new residents of Westminster Baldwin Park began moving into the community in April and are expected to continue moving in through the beginning of June.