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Master Plan Update – September 2018

Horizon House is in the midst of a Master Plan update.

Advancing the mission of Horizon House, serving the residents and staff who make this a great place to live and work and remaining desirable in a competitive marketplace, fuels the Master Planning process.

We look at this process as a three-legged stool which includes, (1) Items we need to do for the stewardship of our buildings, (2) Items we should do because they support the resident-driven and employee-centric culture, and (3) Items we could do to offset expense and contribute to revenue.

Over time, improvements will likely include staff spaces and Resident amenity areas which include expanding our dining options and enhancing the experience of the performance hall.

At our September 18, 2018 Board meeting, Trustees approved taking a phased approach to the Master Planning project. The last significant addition to Horizon House occurred during 2007 when the North Tower opened featuring 100 additional apartments. Today, we have 376 Independent Living homes and 104 in our Supported Living and Memory Support area.

Phase One will focus on areas of greatest need which is Supported Living (SL) and Memory Support. During 2017, Staff and Residents attended input sessions identifying areas where enhancements would be most meaningful. Improvements will include the living room, activity and dining room areas, as well as staff offices and break rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

As many of you know, we have more capacity in Supported Living (SL) than we will ever use. Several SL units will likely convert to Independent Living (IL) apartments featuring a range of entrance fees to support our mission of socio-economic diversity. The location of these new apartments is not yet defined.

The Supported Living Staff will be key contributors to these plans as well as Residents and family members. Since 1960, we have had a ‘pay it forward’ commitment – an enduring value of the organization, where Residents and Staff have a dual role of influencing what happens today while ensuring we are well-positioned for the future. There will be small group sessions with residents and staff to provide input and discuss potential plans later this year and into 2019.

Future phases are yet to be defined. Ongoing capital improvements will occur throughout, including the current central tower roof replacement next spring and prudent improvements within Anderson Hall.

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