Last Thursday, we kicked off a campus renovation project that we hope to be the beginning of our future at Kirkwood. Members of our board of directors and Independent Presbyterian Church, representatives from our renovation partners, and the people in our community gathered to mark this momentous occasion and speak about our hopes and dreams for Kirkwood. What a blessing and privilege to be able to begin such an exciting endeavor.
This state-of-the-art expansion will include the Hillside Residences – 64 purpose-built assisted living and memory care assisted living apartments. The addition of Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood – an independent living cottage home community – will expand our offerings while providing modern, carefree living. We will reposition our existing Healthcare building to allow for 32 additional private rooms in Skilled Nursing and updates throughout. Our main campus renovation will include the addition of a new dining venue, The Overlook Cafe, which will be located in the main living area with an adjoining outside dining space overlooking the river. Tree Top Pub will be a billiards room and bar where residents can meet friends and enjoy views of the Cahaba River. Our current dining room will be renovated and rebranded as Riverside Dining. The entrance of Kirkwood will be modernized to create community connectedness, a place where all residents are able to socialize and enjoy life together.
Our president and CEO, Chad Carter, said, “We are honoring our past and looking forward to the future. We aim to create a ‘destination’ retirement community that fosters a comfortable, friendly, carefree lifestyle.”
Our Board of Directors Chairman, John Higgins, welcomed our attendees and introduced our special guests of the morning. We were honored to have the Mayor of Irondale with us representing our wonderful city, Kirkwood’s previous president, Mr. Gene Ashley, the President of our Residents’ Association, and the Senior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church present to share some words in support of our project. A special thanks to our Marketing Director for planning such a beautiful event to celebrate this occasion! The Kirkwood team, along with our renovation partners, Cadence Bank, Brasfield and Gorrie, KPS, Good Brand Company, TPD Architect, and Stewart Perry Construction, are eager and ready to get working on the future of our community!