By CHERIL VERNON
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.
Donica Construction is no stranger to the Cartmell Home.
“He accomplished an incredible task with the recent addition of the Robinson Ridge neighborhood and renovation to our existing nursing facility,” Kozik said.
Windermere will be located on a five-acre tract between South Loop 256 and Cartmell Home, nestled in the woods along Town Creek. Phase 3 will include the addition of independent living facilities and will follow the completion of Phase 2.
“Prosperity Bank has continued to show its support of the Cartmell mission by providing financing for the Windermere project. The staff members of the City of Palestine have also been very helpful as we have worked closely with them during the development and permitting phases of this project,” Kozik added.
According to Cartmell Administrator Debbie Harrison, among the many benefits of residing at Windermere will be the ability to have priority admission status to Cartmell Home.
“This could occur in the event of an acute illness where the resident may require the services of a skilled nursing facility for a short time. Cartmell Home will have a room dedicated to meeting the medical needs of Windermere residents,” Harrison said.
Harrison explained how the name Windemere came about.
“No doubt many people will be curious about the name Windermere,” Harrison said. “As you may know, each neighborhood within Cartmell Home has a name that references a family member or aspect of Sarah Cartmell’s life.
Sarah Cartmell was born in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, very near Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.
“As our growth continues to embrace the legacy of Sarah E. J. Cartmell, we chose to acknowledge the origin of her family and location of her birth, thus, Windermere at Cartmell,” Harrison said.
Construction of Windermere is expected to last approximately 12 months, Kozik said,
“We have already started an admissions list,” Kozik said.
Potential residents are encouraged to call 903-727-8500 to have their names placed on the list. All residential units will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis.