Marbridge Retirement Center has been undergoing an expansion at the property for a while now, and the facility is finally ready to unveil phase one of the project to the public.
Lewis Bower, president of The Bower Group, which runs the retirement center, located at 665 West Main St., has been eager to share what’s new at the facility, knowing that many residents have been curious as to the state of the project.
“Being in the location we are in, a lot of people drive by and see that something is clearly going on … but now we can show people what we’ve been working on,” he said.
The building that has been home to Marbridge originally started as a single-family home, and now, after the new renovations, spralls over two acres and is 48,000 square feet in size overall. Marbridge has approximately 50 beds for clients and varying apartment sizes for a variety of living arrangements.
“The biggest thing we wanted to reflect is the longstanding relationship we have with Cheshire,” Bower said. “We wanted all the decor and the renovations to reflect the farming heritage of Cheshire, and I think we’ve done that nicely. A lot of our clients come from the area and we want to honor that”
The rooms have a boutique-hotel feel with specially-curated furniture and linens, and the common areas are flanked by large floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of light during daytime hours. Once completed, the facility will be fully equipped with doctors offices, activity rooms, bistros, and an outdoor patio that will allow the residents a much more expanded and fulfilling experience, according to Bower. Each room is protected by an extensive security system of which Bower is very proud.
“We want our clients to feel comfortable, and safe, first and foremost,” he said. “We have keycard access for almost every room, and a brand new, high-tech security camera system to allow us to see what's going on at all times.”
Marbridge Retirement Center has been in operation since 1973 and has a reputation for being a premier location for assisted living and memory care for elderly residents. Phase one of the expansion plan was supposed to be finished in the fall of 2020, but was delayed slightly due to COVID-19 complications.
“We finished everything in December of 2020, which wasn’t bad considering we’re facing the pandemic,” Bower added. “But I am also proud to say that 100% of our staff and clients are vaccinated.”
Phase two of the build will involve the restoration of the original home on the Marbridge property, which dates back to the year 1900, as well as constructing a Victorian-era-style barn and glass link, which is an enclosed glass bridge that will connect both sides of the facility.
“When all is finished, the construction will take on a U-shape, along with modern barn doors and things that will really bring it all together and connect the whole feel of the facility,” Bower explained. “We strive to give that personal touch to our clients, something that they can’t get anywhere else.”
The personal touch Bower refers to includes freshly-baked cookies at night, along with social and happy hours once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Marbridge Retirement facility also focuses a lot of attention on the entire family, not just the single client.
“It’s usually not just the client we want to appeal to,” he said. “We want people to feel comfortable leaving their loved ones with us, which is why we strive to make everything as customizable as possible.”