Bonaventure of Albany, a big retirement complex in North Albany, will open by the end of the summer, and its manager says it’s already more than half full. That is, 51 percent or so of the 143 apartments have been reserved, executive director Michelle Hampl told me when I stopped by Wednesday.
I found her on the site, in a trailer equipped as a comfortable office suite. In an email earlier, she had described the project with these words: “Bonaventure of Albany is a premier retirement, assisted living and memory care community that’s all about retirement life on your terms. We’re dedicated to providing seniors with a caring, lively, comfortable, affordable place they can call home by focusing on having a skilled staff, an abundance of services and amenities and, most importantly, fun!”
How affordable, I wondered. The apartments or suites come in various sizes, and the rent ranges from $2,750 to $3,750 a month. The price includes meals, activities and everything else.
Construction on the roughly $20 million project began last year, and while the buildings are up, the site has been swarming with crews working on both the exterior and interior. When they’re all done, there will be 67 apartments for independent living, 54 for assisted living and 22 for residents who need “memory care.”
Hampl says she expects the first residents to move in around the end of August or in September. The address, by the way, is 420 Geri St. N.W. (Geri is a stubby new street off the western leg of Hickory Street, west of North Albany Road.) Riding my bike around the unfinished grounds on Tuesday, I noticed a paved access to the back of the site from Highway 20. It’s not for routine use, just for emergencies, Hampl explained. (hh)
For more information on the development, check BonaventureAlbany.com.