Pella Chronicle

Local News

April 11, 2013

Community invited to groundbreaking for The Cottages on April 17

Pella — Hearthstone, a Ministry of WesleyLife, invites Marion County residents to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Cottages on Wednesday, April 17, in Pella. This innovative community for older adults will create home in small households where residents and team members share and honor Pella’s strong values and Christian heritage.

The groundbreaking will begin with a social gathering and refreshments at 9 a.m. in a tent at the southeast corner of the construction site at 1742 Main St. Parking will be provided across the street at Vermeer Iowa and Pella Concrete, where shuttles will be available to transport attendees to the site of the ceremony.

The program, starting at 9:30 a.m., will begin with an invocation and include remarks by WesleyLife President and CEO Rob Kretzinger and Hearthstone Executive Director Nancy Hamilton. There also will be an announcement of the winning names for the six cottages, chosen by local residents from among the 12 provinces of the Netherlands in honor of Pella’s longstanding Dutch heritage and traditions.

Hearthstone/WesleyLife is contributing $15 million to the $20 million project and raising $5 million in the community through a capital campaign led by four couples noted for their longstanding commitment and contributions to Pella. The co-chairs, who are hosting the groundbreaking and have raised $3.84 million to date, are:

-Mark and Kay De Cook

-Bruce and Sandy Heerema

-Stan and Gayle Poortinga

-Bob and Lois Vermeer

The Cottages, scheduled to open in late 2013, will be the first community of its kind in Iowa. It will consist of six individual cottages totaling 84,000 square feet:

-An Assisted Living cottage with 18 apartments

-An Assisted Living Memory Support cottage with 16 suites

-A Nursing Memory Care cottage with 16 suites

-Three Skilled Nursing cottages with a total of 48 suites

 A few assisted living apartments and nursing suites will accommodate double occupancy, honoring the choice of spouses or family members to live together. In all, more than 116 residents will call The Cottages home.

Small households will be emphasized in The Cottages to encourage social engagement and support the independence of residents as part of WesleyLife’s person-directed approach. This approach helps older adults enjoy life to the fullest by promoting healthy living, independence and dignity.

The Cottages are being built as part of an agreement between Pella Regional Health Center and WesleyLife. WesleyLife committed to build a new assisted living and skilled nursing community to replace services currently offered by Pella Regional through Hilltop Manor and long-term care. When The Cottages opens, Pella Regional will cease operations of Hilltop Manor and Long Term Care. Pella Regional donated the 50-acre site for The Cottages.

Scheduled to be completed by the Weitz Co. by the end of 2013, The Cottages will provide older adults a place to call home where they will enjoy both their independence and the benefits of being part of a close-knit community.

The six cottages, designed by Pope Architects, will be filled with abundant natural light and have ample green space, including landscaped courtyards. Each cottage will have a cozy living room and family-style dining area, located around a welcoming hearth. The commons area will include a café-style bistro open to residents and their families, as well as the community.

Individuals who wish to attend the groundbreaking are asked to please RSVP on or before April 12 by calling 641-621-1479 or e-mailing mweibel@wesleylife.org. For more information about The Cottages, please visit www.wesleylife.org/thecottages.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Military Retiree Appreciation Day Aug. 28 near Pella A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are eligible to attend. The event will run from

    July 22, 2014

  • Logo for story Nurses flourish at PRHC with Pathway to Excellence Pella Regional Health Center has again achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pathway to Excellence recognition is earned by health care organizations nationwide that create work environments wh

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lake Red Rock Programs for July 25-30 There’s always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Check out these upcoming programs: July 25 - “Thief in the Night” - 7:00 p.m. - Howell Station CampgroundProblem: A critter of the night consistently raises havoc with backyard bird feeders. Action

    July 22, 2014

  • USDA's NRCS wetland compliance listening session set for July 28 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a listening session on Monday, July 28, to seek comments on proposed changes to wetland compliance provisions. The session will be at Ankeny Fire Station #1, 120 NW Ash Drive, from 1 p.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • Pella Runway Rehabilitation Project continues along The Pella City Council, during last week’s meeting, approved a resolution, following a public hearing on the matter, for plans, specifications, form of contract, receiving bids, making award of contract to TK Concrete, and issuing notice to proceed a

    July 22, 2014

  • Photo contest winners named Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced last week at the Marion County Fair. The annual Contest is sponsored by Marion County Extension & Outreach and the Marion County Development commission (MCDC). This year nearly 300 photos

    July 22, 2014

  • Bloom pic 1 Pella blooms for judges, now waits for results Last week (July 14-15), America in Bloom volunteer judges Bruce Riggs (New York) and Leslie Pittenger (Ohio) visited Pella. In preparation for the visit the City of Pella’s Community Services Department prepared a tour route for the judges that cover

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lake Red Rock Programs for July 18-20 There’s always something happening at Lake Red Rock! Check out these upcoming activities:July 18 - Iowa History: Just Dig It! - 10:00 a.m.-Playscape (meet at North Overlook Beach at north end of parking lot)Learn about the history of Iowa! From glaci

    July 15, 2014

  • Abstract photo Abstract Party for Collegiate Historic District homeowners On July 8, residents of the Collegiate Historic District in Pella were invited to an Abstract Party hosted by the Historic Pella Trust. The Abstract Party was held in the Fireside Room of Second Reformed ChurchLeading the event was Will Page, Public

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries