May 12, 2015
Maranatha Gardens started demolition of the old houses on the south side of New Street, on May 11, 2015. Sponsored by a community minded volunteer Board of Directors, Maranatha Gardens is designed for active seniors. It is a six storey, 148 unit Life Lease project. The project is being built in two phases with occupancy of the first phase scheduled for fall 2016.
“One of the biggest decisions we make is where to live at each stage of our life. A supportive and nurturing community is being created at Maranatha Gardens that will bring enjoyment in the later stages of life,” said Jan van der Woerd, one of the founding directors.
The building has large suites – one bedroom, one bedroom with den and two bedrooms from 842 to 1513 square feet. Suites include private balconies, underground parking and in-suite laundry rooms. There are many areas for residents to enjoy including a coffee shop, workshop, fitness area, party room, meeting room and lounge. “It’s a big space building designed to create community where residents can interact with each other in many different venues,” said John Glasbergen, Board Chair.
The project was conceived five years ago. Modifications to the original design were made in consultation with the City of Burlington planning department. Final zoning approvals were achieved in December last year. “It’s taken a lot of effort to get us to the end of the planning phase,” said Hank Gelderman, Treasurer, “We are looking forward to the construction and selling phases.”