Danbury of Brunswick Executive Director Deb Lougheed welcomes Brunswick residents and elected officials to the grand opening of the senior living facility, 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway.
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BRUNSWICK — The ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night to celebrate the opening of Danbury of Brunswick Senior Living night marked the culmination of six years of planning and building.
Danbury Senior Living CEO Bill Lemmon said he would like to thank the people of Brunswick for working with him during the building process.
“We are proud of our team we are proud to be here,” Lemmon said. “We thank the community for welcoming us.”
Lemmon said he can only imagine what the men and women who settled Brunswick more than 200 years ago would think if they could see the community today.
Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi also addressed the crowd at the grand opening.
“This is really the fruition of everything that has come together over the past six years,” Falconi said.
“It just goes to show, it takes a lot of people, a lot of departments (working together).
Falconi also suggested that anyone who has not taken a tour of the facility should, “because this place is phenomenal.”
A movie theater, complete with images of the “Rat Pack” and Marlon Brando, as well as a bistro, pub and library and computer room, are just some of the features of the facility at 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway that offers three levels of care: independent living, assisted living and memory care.
Deb Lougheed, executive director, said it is important that senior-living facilities be bright and optimistic places for those who call them home.
“Our residents all need something to look forward to every day when they wake up,” Lougheed said. “It is nice to have all these things that they can get involved (with) and make choices in life. It is the beginning of a new life for them.”
During the ceremony, Lougheed introduced the first Brunswick Danbury resident, Mary Alice Kalka, 88, and presented her with a floral arrangement.
Dan DeHoff, a building partner in the Danbury facilities, said that when Lemmon and his father began working together on these projects, they were not very popular.
“They weren’t really known. Bankers didn’t know how to categorize them or how to even finance them,” said DeHoff.
DeHoff also acknowledged the role that Lemmon has played in creating 14 of these inviting senior living facilities to Ohio.
“Bill’s vision and encouragement for us to invest in these and to continue to promote them has been awesome,” DeHoff said. “If it wasn’t for him, none of us would be standing here today.”
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