WEBSTER — More than 200 people attended an Aug. 24 groundbreaking ceremony for Cherry Ridge, a senior residential community operated by St. Ann’s Community of Rochester, a health-care system serving older adults.
According to St. Ann’s, Cherry Ridge, located at 876 Ridge Road, will offer 71 independent-living apartments; 55 cottage-style homes; 51 assisted-living suites; and 24 memory-care suites designed for people with such conditions as dementia. The 41-acre site is located northeast of the Ridge Road-Five Mile Line Road intersection, just south of the Route 104 expressway.
The $50 million community, which has been under construction since 2003, is expected to be completed by the end of 2006, according to Chris DiPasquale, chairman of St. Ann’s board of directors. The Cherry Ridge site also contains enough room for construction of a nursing home in the future if needed, he said.
Cherry Ridge’s first residents are expected to begin moving into its cottage-style residences in June 2005, according to Eileen Ryan, St. Ann’s vice president of marketing. She added that apartment residents are expected to be moving in by July 2005, and assisted-living residents by next November and December.
Cherry Ridge marks St. Ann’s first full-time residential facility away from its main campus at 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester. That campus comprises St. Ann’s Home, a nursing facility; The Heritage, an apartment building connected to St. Ann’s Home; and Chapel Oaks, a retirement community. Cherry Ridge residents will be given priority access to skilled nursing and rehabilitation services on St. Ann’s campus, according to St. Ann’s.
DiPasquale said Cherry Ridge will offer a “continuum of care” to seniors as they transition from living independently to needing more intensive care.
“Life at Cherry Ridge will be as you like it,” he said in remarks made to those attending the ceremony. “Do as much or as or as little as you wish. It’s all up to you.”
In addition to its residences, Cherry Ridge will also offer a wide array of services and amenities, including a beauty salon and barbershop; cafe and computer shop; computer center; no-cost laundry facilities; a fitness center; a country store; a gazebo; conference and meeting rooms; and 24-hour security services.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured tours of a model cottage-style home, and drew several dignitaries, including New York state Sen. Mike Nozzolio and Maggie Brooks, Monroe County executive.
“Cherry Ridge will provide first-class senior living in the community of Webster,” Brooks said. “This is a multimillion-dollar investment that will create jobs and expand housing opportunities and services for our growing senior population.”
DiPasquale said the continuum of care offered by Cherry Ridge should make it attractive to people pondering the living arrangements of their older relatives.
“If someone is wondering, ‘What’s the best place for my parents?’ … there’s great comfort in knowing that you’re affiliating with (St. Ann’s) that has 130-year tradition of high-quality care and services,” he said.
Father P. Frederick Helfrich, pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit, also attended the Aug. 24 ceremony.
“It’s a great new addition to the area and a great place to spend your golden years,” he said. He added that he is 60. “I could see priests retiring here who are still able to function and still able to serve,” he said. “I might be doing that myself.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: For information on Cherry Ridge, visit www.cherryridgecommunity.com or call the Cherry Ridge Information Center at 585/697-6700.