Thursday, June 23, 2011

Warm Hearth Village Breaks Ground Again

Nikki Giovanni raises a glass in a toast.

The digging begins.
Festive crowd celebrates the groundbreaking.

Warm Hearth and WoodsEdge in Blacksburg celebrated the groundbreaking on a new 16,300 square foot center Tuesday that will promote the arts and the art of healthy aging for seniors in the New River Valley.

Delegate Jim Shuler and poet Nikki Giovanni, who are key partners in the endeavor, spoke and Giovanni offered a celebratory toast after the breaking of ground.

The Village Center was envisioned by Dr. Wybe Kroontje more than 35 years ago as a central gathering place for both residents of Warm Hearth Village and the greater community. It will feature a fitness suite complete with warm indoor saltwater pool, community gathering spaces and a welcome center for guests.

The building was designed and will be constructed using sustainable environmental practices and materials and will be a benefit for seniors of the New River Valley in terms of fitness and cultural opportunities.

Warm Hearth Village is a non-profit senior living community with a full continuum of living options ranging from an active adult campus to long-term nursing care located in Blacksburg.

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