County and state officials put a stamp of approval on United HomeCare’s “The Residences” during a Jan. 24 ceremonial groundbreaking for West Kendall’s new senior complex.
Even as the four-story structure was christened officially by attending VIPs, construction crews raised cinderblocks above a first floor level at the SW 158th Avenue site. Only a few feet away, those appearing with congratulatory messages included: State Sen. Anitere Flores who described The Residences “as a model of care for the entire State of Florida.”
State Rep. Jeanette M. Nuñez, promising to help “put pressure” for more senior housing assistance in the 2014 Legislature.
State Rep. Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzalez, pledging equal backing from the Miami-Dade County legislative delegation that he leads.
“This type of community project is an example of what makes Miami a first-class city, not only in the state but nationwide,” reflected Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, substituting for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, away in New York.
United HomeCare board chair Rick Garcia and Jose R. Fox, president and CEO of the prominent South Florida healthcare company, welcomed guests while hosting recognition of the company’s first assisted living community.
“With our 40-year proven record of caring, UHC is building a place where our elderly can feel great while enjoying an upscale living environment,” Fox said. “They will have access to the highest quality of care in a community setting.”
Listening was an audience of more than 150, seated under a canopy in the same area designated for senior housing in master development plans for a “town center” that included nearby West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Land parcels for other area development remain vacant.
Located on 2.6 acres of the original development plan, The Residences, with classic architectural design, is scheduled to open by fall, providing 111 studio and 11 one bedroom residences for assisted living.
Under construction by Munilla Construction Management of Miami, the project currently has created 133 construction- related jobs in the West Kendall area, and will provide 47 fulltime medical and staff positions upon opening.
The LEED-certified building will have 40,000 square feet dedicated to common areas in an overall 89,000 square feet and provide a backup power generator for resident safety.
Special features include 24/7 access to medical and nursing staffs of trained, licensed and certified on-premises professionals as well as individualized care management with tele-health options to monitor health conditions.
Amenities include restaurant dining, wellness and fitness center, library/technical center, beauty/barber shop, laundry, concierge service, outdoor patio terrace and garden.
Founded in 1974, United HomeCare is South Florida’s largest home health organization with continuing assistance provided to nearly 5,000 elderly and disabled adults in home surroundings. For information, call 305-468-0845 or visit www.unitedhomecare.com.