A developer of a newly-opened senior living community in Armonk is updating the iconic 40-foot eagle sign that has welcomed visitors and residents to the hamlet for nearly four decades.
The a new sign to be installed sometime this spring, is courtesy of The Engel Burman Group, developer of The Bristal at Armonk, an assisted living community that opened in February at 90 Business Park Drive. The Burman Group donated $25,000 to the Town of New Castle to fund this update.
The original wooden eagle was erected in 1976 to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. It will be replaced with an eagle fabricated from metal. But it will remain at the intersection of Routes 22 and 128 and continue to serve as a welcome sign.
“As someone who grew up and went to school in Armonk, I appreciate how important the eagle is to this community and I am glad that we could help in a very meaningful way,” Nancy Campagna, Director of Community Relations for The Bristal said in a press release.
“It is the first community sign we’ve made,” said Executive Director of Bristal Emilo Di Siervi said in an interview. “We had noticed the eagle and inquired about its history. And we realized the town wanted something that was more sustainable we took the initiative.”
The new eagle, designed to match the cut-out shape and size of the current one, is being created at Signs Inks in Yorktown Heights, the same company that made the original eagle. The new one will be of aluminum sheets welded together and painted red, white and blue.
The Bristal is a three-story 119,000-square-foot building with 112 assisted and independent living residences. The breakdown is 8 suites, 36 studios, 56 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units.
There are also 40 apartments for those who require specialized memory care. Other features include healthcare services, onsite doctor visits, medication supervision and nursing services.
As well, the Bristal has a fitness center, hair salon, arts and crafts studio, card room, library and heated swimming pool. There is meal service in the dining room or bistro, and there is a private dining room that can be reserved for special gatherings.
The Bristal at Armonk is the second assisted living community in Westchester by Engel Burman. Earlier this year, the developer opened The Bristal at White Plains on North Street.
(Shown above, left to right, are Signs Ink owner Tim Beachak and Emilio Di Siervi, executive director of The Bristal/ photo submitted)