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JAA plans urban senior village on Browns Hills Road property

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The Association of Aging Jews today announced plans to redevelop a portion of its Browns Hill Road property in Squirrel Hill through a new partnership with Continental Real Estate Co.

The site now includes the AHAVA Memory Center, The Residence at Weinberg Village, and The New Riverview in a separate building. The Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was also on the premises. before closing in 2021.

Today, authorities informed residents and their families that Weinberg Village will be closed as part of a redevelopment plan.

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JAA Board Chairman Lou Plung said some jobs would be lost as a result of the closure, but the number of employees affected by the closure was not available at press time.

JAA helps residents of Weinberg Village find other housing options.

“During this Weinberg Village exchange period, we will endeavor to place these residents in suitable facilities, either at our facility or at other facilities with space, at their discretion.” Plung said.

The project is estimated to take three and a half years to complete, at which time former Weinberg Village residents will be offered the opportunity to move into the new facility.

“This is a temporary move,” Prung said.

Plung is excited about the campus’s future, but understands how disruptive the transition can be.

“To be honest, it hurts,” he said. “It’s painful for our professionals who work there. It’s hard for our residents, their families. I feel bad, but I also know that if we don’t do something, the building will deteriorate and we won’t be able to continue to provide good service.

AHAVA Memory Center and The New Riverview will remain open during the redevelopment. Weinberg Terrace on Bartlett Street in Squirrel Hill will continue to operate as normal.

According to Plung, the goal of the redevelopment is to create an “urban senior village” on the site.

“This is a unique partnership, a unique way of redeveloping this, and getting a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to seniors,” he said.

The redevelopment is a continuation of a process that began back then. Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center ClosedAt the time, the JAA board pledged to consider new models for providing care to older people, Plung said.

“We searched extensively,” says Plung. “We talked to potential partners across the country. We talked to California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Florida, Ohio, and multiple people locally and in Pennsylvania.”

The Board of Directors is ultimately a national developer and builder of Ohio-based commercial real estate projects with a large portfolio in Pittsburgh, including developments such as Waterfront, North Shore and Mount Lebanon’s Galleria. We decided to partner with a Continental Real Estate. Senior communities in three states, including Apple Blossom in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. We hope to sign a contract with the developer within the next 90 days.

Plung said the JAA board had several goals in mind for the property when talking to prospective partners. We had to keep it for seniors only use. It had to demonstrate long-term sustainability. And Pittsburgh’s Jewish community in Pittsburgh had to have a say in what was happening on the ground.

He said Weinberg Village has 37 residents, half the capacity of the aging building, and to keep it up to date and attractive to potential residents. It required a large investment. AHAVA has about 30 residents. The campus can accommodate up to 200 residents.

The old age of Weinberg Village has put it at a disadvantage to attracting new residents, Plung said, adding that if seniors can’t find a unit at Weinberg Terrace on Bartlett Street in Lith Hill, A separate residence not part of the JAA, bypassing the campus on Browns Hill Road.

According to Plung, the urban village concept is a new model with innovative ideas that help make the site more attractive. “We’re talking about building community,” he said. “I think it will be very special and unique.”

The concept has yet to be rigorously defined, but Plung says there will be more amenities and transportation options than are currently available to the small Weinberg Village community.

Redevelopment plans are still in the conceptual stage, so whether the units will be dedicated to independent living in addition to assisted living, or whether there are affordable housing options beyond those available in New Riverview Many questions remain open, such as whether

However, working with outside developers creates opportunities, Plung said.

“The possibilities are exciting,” he said. “And what we think we can offer the Jewish community is that, 30 years later, the directors of this project will look at it and say, ‘This really worked. How can we strengthen it?’ will say.” The challenge for our board is recognizing that the usefulness of what is here is no longer working. Serving 67 people across this land with very limited uses is not the best and best use for the Jewish elders in this community. ”

Funding for the project has not been finalized. Mr Plung said a plan was in place.

“We are aware that our resources are limited,” he said. “We are trying to see how far the community can invest and how much outside resources need to be considered.”

Frank Kass, Founder and CEO of Continental Real Estate Companies, said: “For decades, we have dedicated ourselves to developing distinctive Pittsburgh spaces such as Homestead’s North Shore and Waterfront. We have a strong vision for the possibility of reinventing this unique space, thus preserving the legacy that JAA provides in this community.”

Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation Chairman and CEO Jeff Finkelstein said the Commonwealth enthusiastically supports the JAA’s plan to reimagine and revitalize the Browns Hill Road campus.

“The hallmark of our beneficiaries, including the Federation and the JAA, is to have a lasting and sustainable impact,” Finkelstein said. “That is the vision the JAA is presenting. The aim and outcome of both efforts is to provide innovative solutions to serve older communities and expand the services that can be provided.

“Our community will benefit for decades to come from this effort by both the Federation and the JAA,” he added. I am excited.”

Purun is also looking forward to the future.

“We are really excited,” he said. “It will serve the next generation or even more seniors. It will take some transitional issues in terms of job losses and population displacement, but it will be great.” PJC

David Rullo can be reached at [email protected]

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