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Upgrades at Brookridge

Plans include new cafe bistro and aviary

June 4, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE -A new cafe bistro and an aviary are just a few of the planned additions to the Brookridge Heights Assisted Living Facility in Marquette.

Renovations to the facility have already begun. Plans include the cafe bistro and aviary as well as a larger living room, updated activity room and library, larger chapel, renovated dining area and new outdoor landscaping.

"They want it to be very warm and inviting when you walk into the door. We've shifted from that medical model to a social model so it's a little bit different program," marketing director Paul Guindon said.

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Brookridge Heights marketing director Paul Guindon, above, points to a board of blueprints Wednesday as he explains the updates under way at the facility in Marquette.

In February, Marquette General Health System sold the facility to Capital Health Group LLC and SeniorCare Communities Inc. It is managed by Autumn Senior Living, a company that operates 14 assisted living facilities in California and Michigan.

According to company officials, more than $350,000 is being invested in the renovation.

Guindon said the renovated facility will cater to active seniors and baby-boomers as they reach retirement age.

The renovation plans for the facility will be made available to the public at a brunch at noon Friday in the facility at 1901 Division St. The first phase of construction will take 90 days. The renovated facility will be officially unveiled to the public on Sept. 23.

Phase two of the construction project will include a $2.7 million 25-bed special needs addition designed for community members living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. That phase will begin in the fall after the renovation project is complete.

The facility houses about 40 people and is about 90 percent full, Guindon said. Residents will stay at the facility while the renovations are completed. The affected areas will be blocked off while they are worked on, he said. The facility will offer an expanded activities program, including partnerships with local organizations like the YMCA. Guindon said such partnerships will benefit the entire community, not just the facility's population.

Guidon said applications for the facility are available by calling 225-4488 or by visiting



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