By Monica McAfee, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer

By time you read this, the John Knox Village Sales and Marketing teams will be fully ensconced in the new Welcome and Innovation Center, our campus’ latest jewel.

Not only is it a beautiful building, but it will be another great meeting place and venue for entertaining for everyone in the Village—once we can do that again— without all the current COVID-19 precautions and restrictions.

Also, as you are (hopefully) enjoying this article, the Southwest 6th Street trenching project will have been completed, meaning the temporary inconvenience of being re-routed around campus will be rewarded by getting the wonderful Aquatic Complex “this close” to completion. The road closure not only allowed our crews to connect necessary water and sanitary lines to the Complex, but created additional parking spaces around the Village Centre and Aquatic Complex.

The Aquatic Complex is progressing nicely. The lap pool is in the foreground and resort-style pool in the background. Pickleball, bocce ball and much more are in store for residents and staff to enjoy.

No doubt many residents remember the old “Lobster Pot” pool—maybe even with somewhat nostalgic memories. I truly believe the only reference to lobster we’ll be hearing shortly will be when ordering an entrée from the new Aquatic Complex restaurant—the Glades Grill—or at Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub.

One of the newest additions to the Aquatic Complex will be the outdoor Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub.

Think about what lies ahead during these exciting times. In short order we will be enjoying two swimming pools—one a lap pool, the other a sun sail-covered resort-style pool—the aforementioned dining spaces, two each pickleball and bocce ball courts, a Jacuzzi and fire pit.

Add to that mix, the exterior upgrades to the Village Towers—new impact-resistant windows and sliding glass doors, waterproofing, sealing and painting. When finished it will provide the look and feel that newly refinished Cassels Tower now offers.

As Resident Senate President Pete Audet writes in his Village Voice column this month, “[John Knox Village]…has a well thought-out plan [and the JKV staff works] “to the point where you really feel they are taking care of ya.”

Expansion of the Heritage Tower parking lot provides 31 additional spaces, many of which will be used by staff who will be displaced when parking just to the west of the Rose Garden is eliminated for infrastructure, water lines and other supportive work to the campus begins.

That will take place in conjunction with a soon-to-be scheduled COVID-careful ground-breaking of some sort for the new Westlake Pavilion. Talk about a jewel.

John Knox Village Westlake pavilion

I daresay the Pavilion will make us the talk—not only among residents, prospects and around town—but also within the senior living industry.

The features and benefits the Westlake Pavilion will provide for you will be immeasurable.

The 350 (or so) seat performing arts center will rival our neighboring Pompano Beach Cultural Center in size, scope and state-of-the-art technology. Add to that an art gallery, terrace and outdoor dining overlooking our expanded waterway system and JKV becomes more than just home.

Speaking of home, the last piece to this Master Vision Plan puzzle will be the two-building, 150 new apartment homes at Westlake called The Vue and The Terrace. They will offer 1,277 to 2,364 square feet of light-filled living throughout the spacious open floor plans.

Many of them will have access to private balconies, along with towering floor-to-ceiling windows and, of course, spectacular views of our expanded lake and waterways.

If you’re interested in learning more about the direction in which John Knox Village is heading, please do not hesitate to call us at (954) 783-4040.

It seems as if nearly every corner of our 70-acre botanical oasis is being improved. Dirt? Yes. Noise? Yes. Some inconveniences? Certainly. More than anything, the price of this progress is…patience. Something of which you have been most prolific.

Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “the only constant in life is change.” Sooner than you think these changes will be faraway memories like the old “Lobster Pot”—something to wryly smile about as you regale yourself in the new creature comforts John Knox Village has to offer.

Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a great ride.

To learn more about all the exciting projects happening and coming soon at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, simply click here or call 954-783-4040 to arrange your own private, COVID-careful info session with our experienced team!

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