Vantage House Holds Grand Re-opening Celebration After Renovation
September 24, 2018
Multi-million dollar project reflects the active and engaged lifestyle of today’s older adults.
Originally posted on Patch.
Vantage House recently held a Grand Re-opening party to celebrate the 28-year-old community’s major renovation and expansion. A ribbon cutting ceremony attracted more than 200 of Vantage House’s residents, community partners, elected officials and other dignitaries.
Vantage House just completed a multi-million dollar re positioning project to align the physical building with the overall needs and desires of those living at Vantage House, including socialization, health, fitness, and connectivity.
“Vantage House is designed around those who live here – not just physically, but with specialized lifestyle offerings,” said Meriann Ritacco, Executive Director of Vantage House. “By listening to what current and future residents want, we are keeping ahead of industry trends while staying true to those who live at Vantage House.”
The project included renovation of dining, living and office areas, the addition of a theater and classroom and expansion of fitness, spa and salon spaces. The popular auditorium was expanded and renovated, as was the arts and crafts center.
Vantage House was founded in 1990 and is a nonprofit serving people 60 and older. Managed by Life Care Services, the community includes a variety of living arrangements from studio to three-bedroom. It provides long-term health services available exclusively for residents should they need them.
Vantage House is noted for its arts, cultural and educational activities, as well as for resident engagement with the larger community of Columbia.
Last year Howard Magazine named Vantage House the Best Senior Housing Community in Howard County, according to the magazine’s readers. Over 16,000 voters cast ballots in the annual contest which garnered votes for “75 favorites for 2017” in a wide variety of categories from restaurant specialties to physicians.
The Grand Re-Opening’s brief ribbon cutting ceremony featured remarks by Ritacco, Vantage House Board Chair Virginia Thomas, State Senator Edward Kasemeyer, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Howard County Council Chair Mary Kay Sigaty, and Howard County Chamber of Commerce CEO Leonardo McClarty.