living community planned for RIT
RIT puts a new twist
on life-long learning with plans for a senior living community
at the Racquet Club apartment complex near campus.
RIT is working with
a developer to convert the property into a retirement community.
Services and programs linked to the university would cater to
individuals over age 62. The developer, Christa Development Corp.,
will market newly constructed patio homes and apartments, with
an emphasis on RIT alumni and retirees. Nearly 30,000 of RITs
90,000 alumni reside in the Rochester area and there are more
than 800 retirees.
We felt this
would be a way to encourage people to stay connected with the
university, says Margaret Cass Ferber, associate vice president
for finance and administration. RIT will now have everything
ranging from a day care center to senior living.
Demolition of the old
student apartments off East River Road will begin in the fall.
Patrick Tobin, vice president of Christa, says occupancy of 70
patio homes and 80 apartments should begin in 2004 or early 2005.
Patio homes will be
about 1,500 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The
complex will have a common area for social, cultural and educational
activities, as well as meals.
The units will be maintenance-free
with services including housekeeping, groundskeeping, and transportation
to RIT. The link to campus also will include:
Use of RIT facilities,
such as the future field house, swimming pool and fitness center.
and online learning opportunities.
to RIT events.
Discussions are also
underway to partner with the Athenaeum, an RIT-sponsored organization
that offers enrichment classes to people over 50. The Athenaeum
is located adjacent to the proposed housing.
Anyone interested in
learning more about the complex may contact Tobin at 585-924-3101
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.