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What would a baby boomer be like to return to a college campus not to visit their children or grandchildren, but to live there, as part of a retirement community?
This intriguing question should have its first answers in a year or more, when Broadview-Senior Living at the purchasing college– billed as a “unique and revolutionary” retirement community for people aged 62 and over – is expected to open on campus SUNY Purchase, under the direction of a specialist in retirement homes LCS Development.
The Broadview community will include 220 homes: 46 two-bedroom villas (with attached two-car garages) and 174 one and two-bedroom apartments (with assigned underground parking).
“A lot of things about our community are attractive, but there are two main reasons, ”says LCS VP of Development Todd shaw. “One is our focus on intergenerational living and lifelong learning, and the other is our location on a beautiful site in Westchester County.”
Shaw says the Broadview campus is fully ADA compliant. “However, our residents are completely independent, healthy, active and do not need special arrangements,” he hastens to add.
Broadview’s first class of residents, called the founding members, are already enjoying many educational opportunities at the college. For example, over the past year, the Purchasing faculty has led weekly book club sessions attended by nearly 100 founding members. Of the 180 founding members signed to date, half are current residents of Westchester.
One of them is Tarrytown resident Scott walsh, 69, who says he can’t wait to live in Broadview.
“I consider myself a lifelong learner,” he says, “and his close affiliation with SUNY Purchase, including its location on campus, has been a major selling point for Broadview,” he says.
Walsh is confident that residents and students will interact well with each other. “By facilitating daily interaction between students, faculty, and the elderly, Broadview’s presence on campus will certainly help reduce potential problems and increase understanding between generations,” says Walsh.
Walsh explored other senior communities, but the ability on Broadview to attend campus events, audit classes, and interact with like-minded students, faculty, and seniors on a daily basis. sealed the deal for him.
Founding Members of Broadview include educators, health professionals, business leaders and artists. Many would be interested in pursuing teaching positions at the college.
Shaw says residents will have access to both academic and entertainment opportunities at the college, as well as the chance to know, mentor and learn from students on campus.
“Our residents are thrilled to be surrounded by students – that’s the main reason they chose Broadview,” says Shaw. “We have been very active in educating students and faculty about Purchase, and I think there is real enthusiasm about this intergenerational opportunity.”