The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 15, 2014

Making Strides: Cartmell Home for Aged breaks ground on Windermere project

PALESTINE —

Cartmell Home has just broken ground on Phase 2 of an established Master Plan for the Cartmell Continuing Care Retirement Community located on its campus in Palestine.

“Windermere at Cartmell” will be a 48,000-square foot assisted living and memory care facility. The new custom-designed, state-of-the-art facility will have 45 residential units offering a variety of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floor plans. Fourteen of these units will be a distinct neighborhood dedicated to providing memory support to residents with early stage Alzheimer’s and other related dementia.

“We are very thankful for our local volunteer board members and their vision to bring Windermere to the Cartmell campus. Windermere’s design was the result of a team effort to bring the best ideas to the table based on the experiences of our employees, residents, family members and board of directors,” Cartmell CEO Tim Kozik said. “We have been overwhelmed with the encouragement and support of our community as Cartmell continues to grow to meet the needs of our seniors. This is a very important project for Palestine as it will be creating over 30 new permanent full-time jobs.”

Windermere, at a total estimated cost of $7 million, will offer the following amenities: movie theater, private family dining room, chapel, fitness center, massage therapy room, sun room/tea room, man cave, screened-in porch, putting green, ice cream parlor/coffee shop, family member hospitality room, library and computer center with Wifi, beauty and barber shop, quilting room, transportation to appointments, outdoor pergola overlooking Town Creek and five secured courtyards with covered porches.

“We put a lot of effort into choosing the architect for this project. DFD Architects of Austin was awarded the job due to their extensive experience in the senior living industry. We are also pleased to announce that the construction of Windermere will be performed by Donica Construction and Development,” Kozik said.

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