White Plains has a new residential apartment complex for senior citizens — and it had its grand opening Thursday.
The first residents began moving in at the end of November. The Bristal is currently approximately 40 percent occupied.
The Bristal at White Plains is at 305 North St. in what was once St. Agnes Hospital, which closed down nearly a decade ago. The building has 116 apartments comprised of 73 studios, 41 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom suites There are also 32 apartments dedicated to Alzheimer residents who require memory care assistance.
There is also a business center, a swimming pool, putting green, card room, arts studio and dining rooms. The monthly cost at The Bristal ranges from $4,600 to $8,000 per month which includes a range of services including housekeeping, laundry, transportation to activities and shopping trips, recreation programs and meals.
“Westchester is a great place to live and work and now to retire,” Steven Krieger, partner of the Engel Burman Group, the Garden City, Long Island-based developer that built the center, said at the ribbon cutting event.
White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach noted that this project helped “preserve one our historic buildings….I think they did a beautiful job.” He added that he was born at St. Agnes as well as his parents and grandparents, so he has a sentimental attachment.
“This encourages individuals in their retirement years to stay in this community,” said Jan Burman, president of Engel Burman.
The Bristal at White Plains represents the first entry into Westchester County by developer Engel Burman, which has built seven assisted living facilities in Long Island. Engel Burman is currently developing another Bristal community in Armonk off Route 22.
New Castle Town Board Member Michael Schiliro said the Armonk project is under construction and expected to open within the next year. He said it is being built on vacant land in and will give new life to a business park.
The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency provided financial assistance by authorizing the issuance and sale of nearly $39 million of tax-exempt bonds at no risk to the county.
For a glimpse of The Bristal and the opening day festivities, check out the video posted above by my colleague Ernie Garcia.