Peterborough

RiverMead unveils new campus

60-unit complex, known as The Village, includes restaurants, pub, exercise facility and theater

  • The new Village at RiverMead, which opened in April is now 80 percent occupied.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • The new Village at RiverMead, which opened in April is now 80 percent occupied.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • The new Village at RiverMead, which opened in April is now 80 percent occupied.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • The new Village at RiverMead, which opened in April is now 80 percent occupied.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

PETERBOROUGH — Less than two months after its April 15 opening, The Village at RiverMead is 80 percent occupied. This week, construction workers have been busy putting finishing touches on the assisted living section of the main building of The Village, which sits on 33 acres directly across Powersbridge Road from the main RiverMead campus.

As she gave a tour of The Village on Tuesday, Jan Eaton, RiverMead’s director of resident services and marketing, said the new campus has 30 apartment units in a three-story wing of the main building, 20 assisted living units on the other side of the building and 10 cottage apartments.

Like the main campus, The Village is a full-service retirement community, where residents can move to units that offer greater levels of care as their needs change.

The new building features two restaurants, one offering a traditional sit-down dinner with wait service and the Flavors Grill, with buffet service for more casual dining. A large patio outside the restaurants, featuring a built-in barbecue grill, will be used for al fresco dining in good weather.

The main building also houses a village pub.

“Residents can come to the pub for casual dinners — pizza, salad, sandwiches,” Eaton said. “A lot of residents also may gather here for a cocktail before dinner.”

A wall adjacent to the pub has a row of lockers where residents will be able to store their own beverages, so they don’t have to bring them from their rooms.

The building also houses a fitness center, filled with exercise equipment that works using an compression system, so residents won’t need to move weight plates.

A whirlpool spa is being installed in a room overlooking the large back patio of the building. A hair salon will be opened next week, Eaton said.

Residents will be able to watch movies a few times a week in a 17-seat theater.

“Residents will tell us what they want to see and we’ll order the movies on Netflix,” Eaton said.

Bill James, who joined RiverMead as chief executive officer in February, said The Village has both one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, each with a gas fireplace, full kitchen, and den and a screened porch off the living room. Residents in the apartments can park their vehicles in The Village’s underground parking garage.

The assisted living units, still under construction, are arranged in two wings around a central dining area that will serve residents who get additional care.

Ten cottage apartments have also been built, all of them two-bedroom units with a living room, dining room, kitchen and two baths, a full cellar and an attached two-car garage. They are all currently occupied, Eaton said.

“We offer a shuttle service between The Village and the main campus, so people can go back and forth easily,” Eaton said.

James said RiverMead has hired about 50 people to staff The Village campus.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

There's a typo in the article title. The new complex is "The Village", not "The Villages". As a new resident there, I can testify that it's just as wonderful as described in the article.

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