On Monday, December 14, 2015, Plymouth Harbor held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Northwest Garden building, which will house customized residential apartments, assisted living residences, and memory care residences. The event began with a Shovel Ceremony at 5:00 pm on the  west lawn near the Smith Care Center, followed by a poolside reception sponsored by Northern Trust.

The new Northwest Garden building, to be located next to the existing Smith Care Center on the west side of the campus, will encompass 30 Memory Care, 30 Assisted Living, and 10 luxury apartment residences. The Memory Care residences are a new addition to Plymouth Harbor, and will specifically focus on providing personalized care and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. The new Assisted Living and Independent Living residences are an expansion of Plymouth Harbor’s current offerings, intended to help meet increased market demand.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony included remarks from President/CEO Harry Hobson, as well as key executives involved in the project — Duncan Finlay, M.D., Chair of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees; William R. Johnston, Chair of The Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees; as well as remarks from Philip A. Delaney, Jr., President, Northern Trust; and Rick Gomez, Senior Vice President & Managing Director-Sarasota, Northern Trust, our reception sponsor and project lender.

56476546We also had the honor of having Sam Woolf, a Bradenton local, and a finalist in the hit TV show “American Idol,” perform the Star-Spangled Banner at the beginning of the ceremony. Additionally, The Reverend Dr. Wes Bixby, Senior Minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Sarasota, gave a special message and blessing of the project. Following the blessing, seven individuals, including The Reverend Dr. Wes Bixby; Jim Hudgins, President, THW Design; Dave Sessions, President and CEO, Willis A. Smith Construction; Philip A. Delaney, Jr.; Harry Hobson; Dale N. Woodling; William R. Johnston; and Duncan Finlay, M.D., were invited to participate in the Groundbreaking Shovel Ceremony (pictured right).

Nearly 200 guests attended the ceremony, including Plymouth Harbor residents, employees, members of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees and the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees, local media, and key partners involved in the development of this project. Many residents were also able to witness the ceremony through live simulcast streaming into Pilgrim Hall, the Smith Care Center Living Room, and the Callahan Center.

In addition to the construction of the Cooling Tower, which began earlier this summer, the Northwest Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony marks the official beginning of construction for the new building. We anticipate roughly 22 months of construction, with an expected opening date set for the end of 2017.

Plymouth Harbor is proud to celebrate the beginning of this exciting project, and looks forward to continually providing the most positive life experience possible for our residents.