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The Landing at Williamsburg Village has long been recognized as a pacesetter in the retirement community industry.

A major face-lift, which began last month and will likely extend into early 2020, will ensure that the campus in south-central Lincoln maintains its reputation of elegance while providing an exceptional continuum of care.

“The consensus we reached after a thorough evaluation is that it was time to refresh,” said Executive Director John Croghan at The Landing. “This significant capital investment will allow us to maintain that ‘wow’ factor.”

Four-phase project

The roughly 18-month renovation began last month. Phase One of the four-phase renovation involves a new look for The Landing’s administrative offices and library. That project is targeted for completion by mid-February 2019.

That will be followed by a phase that’s already creating quite a buzz of excitement throughout The Landing: a brand-new look for the dining area, and a revolutionary new approach that creates more dining options for residents. The renovation in the Dining Services area will bring exciting, new changes in the dining experience as well as a greater variety of menu options.

The piece de resistance is the much-anticipated opening of the 1887 Bistro, occupying what for many years was the home of the Emporium Gift Shop, which closed several months ago.

“Everyone loves choices, and these changes in our dining program will have plenty of choices,” said Croghan.

For starters, the Bistro will have expanded hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Prefer a panini? Busy schedule, and need a salad to go? Residents will love the flexibility as much as they will the expanded menu, said Croghan.

Residents will also enjoy greater flexibility in their dining payment approach. “We will be changing our approach to how we deliver dining services,” Croghan explained. “Our new program will allow our residents to be in control of what, and when, they want to eat.”

Upscale option

Speaking of dining options, residents are also excited by plans for The Reserve, another new venue, to open across from the formal dining area. Open on weekends, The Reserve promises an upper-end, intimate gourmet experience.

“The changes coming in our dining program should result in a different flow. We are hopeful this will also mitigate all residents arriving at one dining venue at one time,” Croghan said.

The dining renovation is expected to begin in February 2019 and take five months to complete.

New store coming

Phase 3 of the renovation process will welcome a new merchandiser to The Landing. Cooper & Co. Home + Gift, which operates a storefront at 2211 Winthrop Rd., will lease space in The Landing. The business’s website describes the store as a small, family owned and operated business specializing in home décor, furniture and artwork.

The fourth and final phase of renovation, targeted for completion by March 1, 2020, will consist of a new look for the Immanuel Fine Art Gallery. “It will be more functional and user-friendly for our artists, and improve the gallery attendees’ experience,” said Croghan. It will remain in the same location.

While most of the renovation will focus on interior improvements, exterior enhancements will feature new looks at the Faulkner Drive entrances to the building.

Cheever Construction is the general contractor for the project.

Apartments, too

The Landing is home to about 160 residents and comprises independent living, assisted living, memory support, and two homes that focus on long-term care: the Cove House and the Harbor House. The latter are collaborative efforts between Tabitha and The Landing.

The large-scale renovation isn’t the only construction underway at The Landing. An extensive apartment renovation project began four years ago and will eventually feature updated finishes for each apartment. “We’re about half-way through that project,” said Croghan.

The executive director commended the residents for their support and patience during the construction. “It’s a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.”

He also commended Immanuel Communities for its continual investment in its properties. “Our long-term financial success allows us to make these significant capital improvements.”

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