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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Presbyterian Homes Announces Branding For The Bay Center Redevelopment Project And Information Meeting Dates For Senior Housing

Presbyterian Homes and Services has announced that the Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment project will be named The Promenade of Wayzata. It was also announced that the senior housing component of the project will be named Folkestone. When asked to comment on the names, Deb Black, Executive Director of Marketing for Presbyterian Homes and Services, commented, “We feel that the project name, The Promenade, fits the design and goals we have for the development. The project was laid out to have wide sidewalks and porticos, fountains and public art spaces, and substantial green space that’s pedestrian friendly and encourages people to walk through the development and connect with the rest of Wayzata and the beautiful waterfront. Wayzata is known as the Gateway to Lake Minnetonka that people love for its village feel and distinctive shopping and dining, and we feel both the design and Promenade name reinforce what makes Wayzata such a special community. Though the pronunciation is different, the name for the senior housing project was inspired by the seaside village of Folkestone in England. There, Folkestone is a thriving resort area known for its broad promenades, prominent green spaces and breathtaking views.”

Also announced were the dimensions and types of apartment homes that will be included in the Folkestone senior living community. Because of the unique design of the buildings, there will be a wide variety of apartment configurations. There will be over 40 distinctive floor plans, so very few will have the same layout and size. Residents will also have four different types of apartments to choose from, allowing them to select the size and type of home that fits their needs and lifestyle. The following four choices will be offered to residents:

1 Bedroom 700 – 940 Sq. Ft.
1 Bedroom Plus Sunroom or Den 970 – 1,100 Sq. Ft.
2 Bedroom 1,190 – 1,345 Sq. Ft.
2 Bedroom Plus Sunroom or Den 1,350 – 2,420 Sq. Ft.

When asked how the specific apartment options were developed for Folkestone, John Mehrkens, Vice President of Development, stated, “Our experience through the years has shown that offering a wide range of layouts and sizes is desirable in order to meet the needs of the total senior housing market. We’re really pleased that the design of the Folkestone buildings will allow many distinctive floor plans in terms of layout and size as well as the potential for the initial residents to select finishes and amenities to further customize their home. Consistent with the desires of the Wayzata community, Folkestone will also have a wide range of amenities including heated underground parking, a theater, library, spa, and fitness center with pool. Because of our beautiful setting, we’ve also included a private deck or patio with each apartment, some of which offer views of Lake Minnetonka.“

Three informational meetings will be scheduled in February at the Wayzata Country Club, for people to learn more about Folkestone, its senior apartment options, and the unique Wayzata lifestyle. People already on the information and mailing list will be sent full details of the meetings at the end of January. Those not already on the list who would like to attend an informational meeting, should call Dena Kuenzel, Housing Advisor, at (952) 944-5737 for more information. People unable to attend the February meetings will be able to view a Folkestone informational recorded webinar. Following the informational meetings, individual appointments will be set up beginning in March so that people can reserve their new senior apartment home at Folkestone. In addition to the senior apartments, the Folkestone property will include assisted living, memory care and care center; information about these other housing options will be provided at a later date.

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