Reminding over 150 guests that Long Island is home to one quarter of a million people over the age of 65, the fastest growing segment of the population, Jeff Ferguson, executive vice president and general manager of Marriott Senior Living Services, declared that "Harbor Ridge is an idea whose time is not only right, but it is located perfectly to help keep seniors in the area that they know and love." Marriott Senior Living Service will manage the full-serve, resident-owned community and health center when it is completed. They hope it will open by early 2003.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 6 on the lifecare community's nine acres, across from Hempstead Harbor and adjacent to Harbor Links Golf Course. Guests were welcomed by TONH Supervisor May Newburger and David Pearson, director and president of Harbor Ridge. Invocations were made by Rabbi Jeff Salkin of the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, and Father Alfred T. Stefanik of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn.
The supervisor had high praise for the Pearson organization, noting that Harbor Ridge was "designed properly, in style and in a caring way." She spoke of the enormous amount of time and effort the organization put forth to meet the stringent state requirements imposed on senior care developers.
Ms. Newburger added that she is happy that Marriott Senior Living Services will be managing Harbor Ridge. "They have a top reputation for senior residences," the supervisor said, adding, "We're doubly lucky to have the right job backed by Marriott."
The Pearsons also gave an endowment to help serve those who need help with senior housing," the supervisor told the audience.
Leonard Szymanski presented a citation from County Executive Tom Gulotta commending Harbor Ridge for providing senior care for the increasing number of seniors in the county.
A description of the facility states that it is an independent living, full-service, resident-owned, senior living community and health care center providing personal care services or assistance with daily living activities and long-term nursing care.
Three-hundred and twenty-four co-op apartments will be constructed on nine acres, as well including 76 skilled nursing beds on the site. Prices range from $298,000 to $1,300,000 with monthly fees ranging from $2,700 to $6,000.
Harbor Ridge has water views of Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound. It is adjacent to Harbor Links Golf Course and nature trails in adjoining woodlands. It has a wide range of amenities including three dining rooms, a ballroom and library with computer center. Its myriad services include a daily calendar of social, cultural, educational and wellness activities with an on-site health club and indoor pool and whirlpool.