The goal for the new Gifford Retirement Community, located in Randolph Center , VT, is to create a thriving community of independent living seniors who will age-in-place with access to on-site health and dining services, physical fitness, garden amenities, health and beauty needs. The three-story, 49-unit apartment building will use internal common spaces including a proposed dining room, library, fitness area, lounges, and sunroom, to encourage community interaction. External gathering spots such as a proposed campus green, orchard, gardens, and extensive nature trails will strengthen the neighborhood feel of the campus. The views to the West are also extraordinary.
The project will have a “Community” building with gathering space, classroom, meeting and physical fitness spaces for the proposed 130 units of housing being proposed for the project master plan.
The project is incorporating a central biomass facility in the community building, which will provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly and economical means to provide heat for the entire campus. This will also provide an educational experience and example for students of the local Vermont Technical College campus, located only a few hundred yards away.
Ground breaking for the independent living apartments is anticipated in the spring of 2016, with an anticipated move-in date in late spring 2017.