Westlake Projects, Restaurants, More Jewels In The Making
By Rob Seitz, contributor
Residents, new and current, can almost smell the aroma of hardwood smoked chicken wings, blackened grouper and more wafting from the Glades Grill—John Knox Village’s newest dining venue.
The Glades Grill is part of JKV’s new $6.9 million Aquatic Complex. It is the latest jewel on the 70-acre campus and includes a resort-style pool, a four-lane 75-foot-long lap pool, Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub, a Jacuzzi, fire pit and two each Pickleball and bocce ball courts. Sun sails are installed over the resort pool to provide a shady alternative.
“As our premier dining venue, Glades Grill will showcase fresh, seasonal, organic and more healthful menu choices than we’ve previously offered,” Director of Dining Services, Joe Mallen, said. The Glades Grill will serve 60 indoor guests and more than 90 guests at Stryker’s Poolside Pub with dining overlooking all the action at the Aquatic Complex.
Residents, family and guests can enjoy cocktails at Stryker’s, a poolside pub named after JKV President Gerry Stryker, who provided a sizable gift to the Aquatic Complex project.
“Once construction is completed and final inspections are approved, the Aquatic Complex will be open for business,” said Thom Price, Director of Plant Operations. “Besides relaxing, dining and drinking, residents and guests will be able to swim in our saline pools either on their own or by participating in many of the water programs offered by our Fitness Professionals.”
Performing Arts Center And Restaurants
Price will not have long to bask in the success of the Aquatic Complex’s completion, though. Construction of the Westlake Pavilion is underway. The 24,637-square foot project includes a 400-seat Performing Arts Center, two new indoor and lakeside restaurants—the Pearl and Seaglass—a Nautilus Bar and a pre- and post-event Gallery Space.
Running concurrently with the Pavilion project will be a redesign of the Village’s water system. The campus’ two current lakes—Rex Foster and Lake Maggie—will be rerouted to provide everyone on campus with more expansive and enhanced water views.
Westlake Project Now Underway
The Pavilion is part of JKV’s most ambitious project in its 53-year history—Westlake at John Knox Village. The project’s crown jewels will be the two independent living residential buildings—The Vue and The Terrace—adding 150 new, customizable state-of-the-art apartments, featuring seven open-air floorplans ranging in size from 1,231 to 2,259 square feet, and covered parking.
“Now is ‘literally’ the time to get in on the ground floor of the Westlake at John Knox Village project,” said JKV Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer Monica McAfee. She added that people interested in becoming one of the priority depositors, affectionately referred to as Westlakers, need only to put down a $100 fully refundable deposit. Call the JKV Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040 to learn more.
First-floor common areas of the Vue will boast many new amenities, including a high-tech production theater, technology hub, business center, art studio, sacred space, club room, library, a bakery, a coffee and wine bar shop called the French Press and the Westlake Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant serving freshly made fare all day.
“As we open additional dining venues, we want each one to differentiate itself and have its own character and personality,” said Mallen. “The Glades Grill is next in this exciting journey.”
Exceptional Life-Plan Opportunity
JKV is home to more than 1,000 residents in coastal Pompano Beach, FL. Independent Living residents enjoy their times in gorgeous Garden Villas, as well as four apartment buildings—Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers and Cassels Tower.
The Village also offers the peace of mind for residents that comes from knowing all future, higher-levels of health care are taken care of at its on-campus assisted living facility, Gardens West, and two skilled nursing centers—The Woodlands and Seaside Cove, both of which also provide award-winning short-term rehabilitation care to members of the greater community.