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Mayor Caroline Simmons made a brief appearance.
Residents have access to a gym with a personal trainer and an indoor pool.
Amenities include an indoor heated pool, full-service salon and fitness center staffed with personal trainers; an on-site restaurant; and a movie theater.
The five-story Waterstone building is being built adjacent to a 146,000-square-foot office building, which formerly was headquarters of The Nestlé Co. and currently includes the New York State Department of Labor among its tenants.
General Electric Capital acquired the property in 1995 and sold it 10 years later for $17 million.
Designing such facilities is still challenging: “It seems like there’s always one more thing we hadn’t thought of that needs to be done," says Epoch Senior Living chief Laurence Gerber, whose facilities include locations in Norwalk, Trumbull and, soon, Stamford.
Epoch Senior Living operates a number of Bridges memory care communities, including ones in Norwalk and Trumbull.
The judge described the plaintiffs' concerns about noise, odor and traffic as “speculative” and “overboard allegations.”
“I can’t see why we can’t just defer this and wait and listen to what the residents have to say,” Councilman Louis Trangucci said.
National Development, with EPOCH Senior Living, has proposed a 64-unit memory care facility in New Rochelle estimated to cost $15 million to $20 million.