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December 3, 2018

Assisted living home project starts on Post 72 property

The Project
• What: 90-room assisted living home for up to 100 residents.

• Where: 5 acres behind the Warrenton Horse Show grounds off East Shirley Avenue in Warrenton. 

• Building: 2.5 story, X-shaped; 32,300 square feet.

• Rooms: 48 assisted living and 42 memory care; majority private rooms, some with kitchenettes.

• Developer: American Legion Post 72 in partnership with Capital Health Group, LLC of Baltimore and Hume-based BGV-Castlerock Enterprises Inc.

• Zoning: Residential.

• Parking: 66 spaces.

• Amenities: Hair salon, movie theatre, courtyards and bistro.

• History:
 Town council voted, 7-0, in December 2017 to grant the special use permit with amended conditions; council voted, 5-2, in October 2015 to grant special use permit with conditions. 
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Staff Journalist
After years of planning, construction of a 90-room assisted living home has started on five acres next to the horse show grounds in Warrenton.

After final site plan approval from the town, site work began Monday, Nov. 26, on the John D. Sudduth American Legion Post 72 property.

Not yet named, the facility could open in spring 2020, according to Richard Koors, development director for Capital Health Group, partial owner and developer of the property.

After site preparation, construction of the building should start in January. The total project will cost about $20 million, according to Mr. Koors.

The American Legion post formed a joint venture with Capital Health of Baltimore and Hume-based BGV-Castlerock.

Post 72 two weeks ago sold the property for $750,000 to Warrenton Va. Real Estate LLC, which represents all three owners.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Milestone Retirement Communities will manage day-to-day operations and hire the staff.

The facility will feature a bistro, hair salon, movie theatre and courtyards.

The 32,300-square-foot building will have 48 assisted living rooms and 42 dedicated to “memory care” for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

“It definitely is providing an alternative to what’s out here now, which is needed and helpful,” said Gretchen Yahn of BGV-Castlerock.

Assisted living rooms will feature kitchenettes and bathrooms. Most rooms will be private.

Mr. Koors did not yet know how much residents would pay each month to live at the facility but said it would depend upon the level of care needed.

Warrenton’s council approved the project in 2015.

Moseley Architects redesigned the building in 2017 and moved slightly farther from the Brookshire Manor subdivision west of the American Legion.

“It was a win-win for both parties,” in terms of less building mass near the neighborhood and more building functionality for the residents and developers, Ms. Yahn said.

The town council last December voted, 7-0, to grant the special use permit with the amended conditions and design.

The developers agreed to contribute $7,500 to the town for traffic mitigation on Shirley Avenue and $25,000 toward fire and rescue services.

The project will include improvements to Legion Drive and a roundabout on the property near the American Legion hall.

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.
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Melrose Carter · December 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm
After you have honorably served in the military, you are classified as a Veteran. Being a veteran has its perks whether you are retired military or not. Easy access to home loans, education benefits, veteran group insurance programs, and many other organizations allow the returning veteran better assimilate into civilian society. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion organizations are by far the two “best known” veterans associations that have done a large amount of good not only for veterans by society as a whole for over 100 years.

The American Legion.

The American Legion (sometimes referred to as “The Legion”) began after World War I as a group of twenty officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France. The AEF Headquarters had asked these officers to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale. One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (eldest son of the 26th President), made the proposal of an organization of veterans. In February, 1919, this group formed a temporary committee, and selected several hundred officers who had the confidence and respect of the whole army.

The following month, about 1000 officers and enlisted men attended the first organizational meeting, known as the Paris Caucus. At this meeting, the group adopted a temporary constitution and the name "The American Legion."

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veteran’s organization and the first American Legion post in the United States was General John Joseph Pershing Post Number 1 in Washington, D.C., organized on March 7, 1919. Since then, the American Legion has evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States - the American Legion is a community-service organization which now numbers over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide.

My apology to Ms. Ennis if that is all she received from this article.
Melrose Carter · December 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm
Thank you VFW! Hope that veterans needing assistance are given priority placement.
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