Welcome And Innovation Center Opens This Month
By Rob Seitz, Contributor
John Knox Village, South Florida’s premier life plan retirement community, is home to nearly 1,000 residents. Finding the right apartment and villa home for the 62-plus set is the job of JKV’s four expert Life-Plan Consultants and Sales Director.
It helps them that those homes are located on a beautifully maintained botanical-style 70-acre campus, complemented by a rich and diverse internationally award-winning Life Enrichment activities program, all while providing the peace of mind that comes from knowing 5-Star quality healthcare is available should the need arise.
A New Permanent Home
Much like the cobbler’s barefoot children, those experts at pairing people and homes have been arguably the Village’s most nomadic group.
Over the years, the Sales and Marketing teams had office space in Cassels Tower, the 17-story building with the iconic clock and JKV sign on its west-facing side, familiar to motorists traveling along Interstate 95. At another point in time they occupied seven apartments in the Village Towers building until, you guessed it, the Consultants sold those very apartments to new residents.
For more than three years the Department has not even, technically, been on JKV’s campus at all, rather just west of the Village as a tenant in the John Knox Village Professional Center Building. To meet prospects, the Consultants travel onto the campus, and then open a Heritage Tower apartment converted into a Discovery Center, where they begin illustrating how exciting life at JKV can be.
When the $3.9 million Welcome and Innovation Center (WIC) opens later this month, they will be nomads no more.
Located just to the east of the Village’s Main Gate, the WIC will include offices for the Sales, Marketing and Innovations Teams, along with Discovery Rooms in which prospective new residents can learn more about JKV. Within the WIC will be a Design Center where new residents can select their modern and classic finishes, cabinetry, flooring and more.
There will also be an in-house video production area, meeting and conference rooms and a nearly 2,500-square-foot open-air space for on-campus events and gatherings for residents and the greater community.
“To have a permanent on-campus home is a dream come true for the teams,” Monica McAfee, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, said. “We will be able to meet and greet prospective new residents in this beautiful new Welcome and Innovation Center, help guide them on their next chapter’s journey from here and to have the entire team all together is fantastic.
“It’s wonderful to see John Knox Village’s Master Vision Plan coming together.”
Aquatic Complex Is The Next Step
Speaking of which, the next Master Vision Plan puzzle piece coming out—and going into—the ground is JKV’s Aquatic Complex. Located just west of the Village Centre, the $6.9 million complex is replacing a small pool and gathering area with a resort-style pool, a four-lane 75-foot long lap pool, the Tropics Grille with indoor seating for 60, an open-air sports bar, two each Pickleball and bocce ball courts, a Jacuzzi and fire pit.
“We are converting old fitness, and arts and crafts center spaces in the Village Centre into the Tropics Grille,” said Thom Price, Director of Plant Operations. “It will provide yet another on-campus dining option for residents and their guests. The lap pool concrete has been blown in, so it very much looks like the pool it will become. The exterior walls for our outside sports pub and other facilities are up. We have the resort pool work taking place and the bocce and Pickleball courts are coming together.
“The project is looking good for a late-fall opening.”
Behind-the-scenes work is also taking place on the grandest plan ever for the Village—its $100-million-plus Westlake project.
Westlake Reservations Now Available
Priority deposits are being taken as folks get in the queue for one of the 150 new Independent Living apartment homes in the Vue and the Terrace. A fully refundable $100 Priority Deposit secures your place in line for selecting your favorite floor plan, location and new home.
The new Westlake homes will boast 1,277 to 2,364 square feet of light-filled living throughout the spacious open floor plans. A number of homes will have access to private gardens, along with towering floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and water views.
As JKV’s newest residents, Westlakers—as they will affectionately be known—will also enjoy choosing and customizing their new homes from a selection of one and two-bedroom floor plans, many with dens, and all thoughtfully designed for the entertaining of friends and family. Two penthouses are also in the unit mix.
All JKV residents will enjoy enhanced water views as the entire Village undergoes a huge expansion of its current lakes system. Additional amenities in Westlake will include covered parking, as well as first-floor common space offerings ranging from a Bistro-like restaurant and mini-theatre to art studio, business offices and a Sacred Space.
The Westlake Pavilion will rise at the northwestern corner of the project, with its 400-plus seat multi-purpose performing arts center, terrace and outdoor dining and much more.
Through all the changes one constant holds true for JKV residents and that is the peace of mind that comes from living in a Life-Plan Retirement Community with its all-inclusive comprehensive long-term care insurance policy.