Open spaces and a warm inviting feel welcome residents to the new Vitalia Active Adult Community – Solon, which is the overall goal of the new $35 million senior living community, said Gary Biales, vice president of Omni developers.

“We wanted it to feel like home,” he said last week.

Mr. Biales, a resident of Solon, stood in the completed Independent Living portion of the development measuring 110,000 square feet and explained the various amenities showcased. Those include an expansive and modern dining room, bistro area, hair salon, library, swimming pool, theater room, demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and more.

The first residents in the new senior development began moving in on Tuesday. The adjoining assisted living and memory care facilities are scheduled to open in a few weeks. The development began being constructed in December of 2018.

Solon voters approved the rezoning in May of 2018 to pave the way for the complex.

“We wanted it to be very open and fresh looking,” Mr. Biales explained of the overall design.

Inviting in hues of soft gray, the expansive entrance lobby features a grand piano, fireplace and dining area, as well as a bistro and family gathering area to learn about the project. Furniture is arranged for social distancing.

The dining room in the building, which is a separate dining area from both the assisted living and memory care areas, is open to residents 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is also a fitness area, game lounge and exercise facility.

“We don’t want residents in their rooms,” Mr. Biales said. “The idea is to keep people together, communicating and not being alone.

“We have a lot of amenity areas.”

The Independent Living building, which is four floors, has 89 units. At the opening, it will be at 50 percent capacity. Rooms are available as studios, one-bedroom or two-bedroom units. Each have their own kitchen and laundry and the complex allows for pets.

The building is laid out with wide, brightly lighted corridors and each unit has a balcony, even those on the first floor.

“We are creating a lifestyle,” Mr. Biales noted.

“People are here to age in place,” added Debbie Cirillo, executive director.

Residents at the Independent Living building range in age from 70 and older.

The building, which faces Kruse Drive, will have about 15 employees. The assisted living and memory care building, which will measure 60,000 square feet and faces Bainbridge Road, will have a total of 45 employees.

Across the parking lot is Omni’s corporate headquarters, measuring 15,000 square feet, which was built on land the company purchased for about $1 million and adjacent to the site on the former Poly Carb property.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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