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James Blount and Barry Griswell (71C)

WHAT A VIEW: Berry student James Blount welcomes Board of Trustees Chair Barry Griswell (71C) to the podium during the groundbreaking ceremony for The Spires at Berry College. Eagle Lake can be seen in the background, with Lavender Mountain in the distance.

Spires RenderingA soaring bald eagle provided the perfect backdrop as student James Blount offered opening remarks at the official groundbreaking for The Spires at Berry College, a continuing care retirement community to be located on approximately 50 acres of leased Berry property off the North Rome Connector.

Blount, an intern with the project, joined college and local officials in welcoming future residents – some of them Berry alumni – in attendance. He lauded the strength of the community they are already forming and compared their experiences to his own.

“Involvement characterizes the life of a Berry student,” Blount explained. “It is one of the cornerstones of having a beneficial and loving relationship with this school. And I can see in this community that there is already so much involvement.

“You are so special because you have bought in,” he added, addressing the future residents in the crowd. “You’re the first, and you realize just how truly magical this place is.”

When completed in 2020, that “place” will be a community of 170 cottage and apartment-style homes located on the shores of Eagle Lake, a former quarry. Deposits have now been paid on more than 70 percent of those residences, allowing construction to begin.

President Steve Briggs first shared the vision for the project – a long sought dream of Berry alumni – in this 2015 Berry magazine essay. For residents, benefits will include first-class amenities as well as proximity to the Berry campus and Rome’s thriving medical community. For Berry students, the facility represents opportunity in the form of intergenerational mentoring relationships and significant student work experience. Read more.

While located on Berry property, The Spires will operate as financially independent, self-sustaining nonprofit with its own board of directors. Visit retireatberry.com for project details.

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Spires Balcony

Above: The view of Lavender Mountain and Eagle Lake as envisioned from a balcony at The Spires. The new continuing care retirement community will be located on leased Berry property not far from the main campus.

Spires Lobby

Rendering of The Spires’ lobby.

The first shovel of dirt has yet to be turned for The Spires at Berry College, but excitement is rising among those who plan to make their home in the new continuing care retirement community to be built on the shores of Eagle Lake in view of Lavender Mountain.

To date, deposits have been made on 91 of the planned 174 residences, which will include free-standing cottages as well as apartment-style homes. A number of those making deposits are Berry alumni or have other connections to the institution.

The community will be located on leased Berry property and operate as a financially independent, self-sustaining nonprofit. It will offer a full slate of housekeeping, maintenance and leisure services, as well as a comprehensive on-site wellness center, all in close proximity to the Berry campus and Rome’s medical centers. It also will provide significant work and learning opportunities for Berry students, with as many as 50 to 100 work positions expected to be created. Construction will begin once deposits have been made on 70 percent of all residences. Completion is expected in 2020.

Visit retireatberry.com for project plans and videos featuring some of the people who will call The Spires home. Click here to read President Steve Briggs’ 2015 Berry magazine essay detailing the vision for this and other strategic partnerships.

 

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Lake Adjacent to CCRC SiteRetire at Berry Web BannerFor decades, alumni have shared with college officials their desire to see a retirement community developed on or near the Berry campus. That dream is now one step closer to reality following the recent announcement that a site has been selected for a planned Continuing Care Retirement Community to open in 2019.

The facility, discussed by President Steve Briggs in the summer issue of Berry magazine, will be built on undeveloped college land overlooking a pristine 88-acre lake that up until 15 years ago served as a limestone quarry. The site offers commanding views of Lavender Mountain and is in close proximity to Berry’s main campus and Rome’s highly regarded medical centers.

The community will feature 150 apartment homes and cottages and offer a full complement of healthcare and supportive services and amenities. It also will provide work and learning opportunities for a significant number of Berry students serving in a variety of roles.

“The relationship between the college and CCRC is wonderfully complementary, as it will allow different generations to enjoy and serve one another,” said President Briggs. “And both the retirement community and Berry will be richer for it.”

Hundreds have shown interest in the project by requesting information through the Retire at Berry website. Many have attended meetings for alumni and friends wishing to participate in the project’s priority placement program. Visit www.retireatberry.com to secure placement on the list (a minimal refundable deposit is required).

Other developments this fall include selection of major design and contracting firms and the naming of an independent seven-member board of directors for the facility, which will operate as a financially self-sustaining nonprofit. It is expected that both the community and the lake will be named early next year.

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