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.
Residents Enjoy A Cultural Enrichment Program, Featuring Local Organization, "The Four Counts"
April 1, 2021
On Tuesday, March 30, more than 100 Westminster Winter Park residents enjoyed a spectacular Cultural Enrichment Program, featuring performances by The Four Counts, a group of students from the AdventHealth School of the Arts at the Dr. Phillips Center, supported by the Westminster Communities Foundation.
The Four Counts is made up of some of the most talented high school students from central Florida who are studying the performing arts. As a part of the group, students enjoy access to professional training in dance, musical theater and acting. During the performance, the audience was delighted with vocal and dance numbers from various musicals like A Star Is Born, Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Westminster Winter Park resident Liz King shared how enriching the outdoor show was on such a beautiful night. “I just love it and I enjoy every minute of it,” King said.
The performance was originally scheduled for a year ago, but was cancelled when the community closed its doors at the beginning of the pandemic. With many residents and team members vaccinated, a new date was set to safely host the Cultural Enrichment Program for residents to enjoy.
The Cultural Endowment Fund enables Westminster communities to provide on-campus cultural arts programming for all residents and supports local organizations like The Four Counts. A donation of $2,100 was made to the school, which can provide three scholarships for a year for the groups talented and spirited members. Noah Baez, a member of The Four Counts, shared a passion for performing. “What matters isn’t where you come from,” Baez said. “What matters is your drive to be better, to continue to be the best you can be.”
Westminster Winter Park is thrilled to bring special entertainment programs like the performance by The Four Counts to our community, and support our Mission of enriching residents’ lives. To learn more about the variety of wellbeing opportunities you can enjoy at a Westminster community, contact us now or call (877) 958-0138 today.
Join us today, as we share in our weekly prayer for the last time. We have been lifted by our faith during the last year and we continue to look forward and inward with His guidance. Join us today, March 30, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer, provided by Rev. William “Bill” Hull, resident at Westminster Shores.
In celebration of Easter, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you four of their Signature Recipes to enjoy on your Easter! The delicious recipes include a Honey Mustard Baked Salmon, Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms and Coconut Molasses Pie. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.
We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, March 23, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Rev. Jeffrey A. Parkkila, Sr., Chaplain at Westminster Winter Park.