Viva Retirement Living Corporation

Viva Retirement Living Corporation

June 09, 2010 17:00 ET

V!VA Retirement Communities Celebrates Groundbreaking of Pickering's Newest Retirement Residence

Construction and operation to generate hundreds of jobs

PICKERING, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - Standing in a grassy field across from the Pickering Town Centre, surrounded by dozens of smiling, enthusiastic faces, it was easy to picture that same warmth and energy throughout the halls of Pickering's newest retirement destination: V!VA Pickering Retirement Community. Opening in late 2011, V!VA Pickering will stand six storeys tall in that very same grassy field, and bring a new level of retirement living to Durham Region. Excitement about the project jumped with today's groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction.

"We are thrilled to welcome V!VA Retirement Communities to the City of Pickering," said Mayor David Ryan. "This significant project will boost our local economy by creating many new jobs and other key economic spin-offs." V!VA Pickering Retirement Community will create nearly 60 new well-paying jobs once it opens, in addition to the hundreds of jobs generated during its construction phase. 

"More importantly," Mayor Ryan continued, "our seniors and their families will greatly benefit from having such an innovative and engaging retirement community in this incredibly convenient location."

"At V!VA, we spend a lot of time and thought designing our properties to be engaging and enriching for seniors," explained Jordan Bernamoff, V!VA Retirement Communities' President & CEO, "Like all V!VA retirement communities, V!VA Pickering will have fantastic amenities, large suites and great food, but what really makes a V!VA community unique is our Team – and V!VA Pickering will be no exception."

Offering 137 spacious suites ranging in size from studio to two bedroom, V!VA Pickering will allow seniors to select from an Independent Living or Assisted Living suite package. All V!VA Community Members will enjoy three freshly prepared V!VAlicious meals daily and access to a V!VA's impressive array of thoughtful services and amenities, including an indoor heated saltwater pool, V!VAfit strength and stretch rooms, V!VAplex movie theatre, Pints! fully-licensed pub, and the V!VA Victory Garden with raised planters for easy, ache-free gardening. 

V!VA Pickering will also be constructed and operated in accordance with the company's environmental-friendly policy, V!VAearth. "By using compact florescent lighting, low-flush toilets and water-based paints throughout the entire property, we are significantly reducing the impact of our construction on the environment," explained Michael Loconte, V!VA's Director of Construction. 

Located at the corner of Kingston Road and Glen Grove Road, V!VA Pickering enjoys the benefit of being right across the street from the Pickering Town Centre, offering convenient access to great shopping and community resources. "This will be a great addition to Pickering's thriving core!" exclaimed Bernamoff.

V!VA Retirement Communities develops and manages independent and assisted living retirement communities throughout Ontario, including Waterside Retirement Community in Carleton Place and V!VA Mississauga. The company is 100% Canadian-owned and based in Toronto, Ontario.

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