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New Rochelle’s Newest Senior Living Community Nears Completion

New Rochelle’s newest senior living community is nearing completion, as Monarch Coopers Corner has opened its leasing gallery at 11 Mill Rd. Monarch Coopers Corner is the first senior living community in Westchester County to seek WELL certification from the International WELL Building Institute, or IWBI. WELL is grounded in research into the health effects of physical spaces on people. Its practices address the post-COVID-19 environment as well as broader strategies to advance wellness. Monarch Coopers Corner is scheduled to open this fall on the site of the former Coopers Corner Nursery and Garden Center.

The boutique-style two-story Monarch Coopers Corner offers 72 studio and one-bedroom rental apartments, with 36 serving independent and assisted living residents. The remaining 36 provide two levels of memory care, one for residents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or another dementia and the other caring for those whose conditions have progressed.

The community’s amenities and services are tailored to the newest generation of older adults and their families. They include concierge service; resident-response wearable technology; dining options from gourmet restaurants to a pub, café, and juice bar; a pet-friendly environment with a dog run and available pet services; electric vehicle charging; outdoor walking paths and park, a rooftop garden, herb gardens and more.

The International WELL Building Institute, or IWBI, combines design and construction approaches with scientific research to establish its WELL Building Standard for creating and certifying spaces promoting health and wellbeing. Monarch Coopers Corner has been developed in accordance with IWBI guidance for 11 areas of building performance, including air quality.

“The quality of air inside the community has been understandably drawing a great deal of public interest,” said William Crawford, executive director of Monarch Coopers Corner. “We are using increased air filtration similar to filtering by masks against COVID-19. Apartments have their own air conditioning units. The community will have increased outdoor ventilation and operable windows throughout the building to bring fresh air indoors.” Water quality is also a WELL focus, with a centralized water filtration system serving the building.

Oversized windows with a glare-reducing gloss in apartments, common areas, and hallways bring the benefits of natural light throughout the community, including lifting mood, regulating circadian rhythms and promoting healing and sleep. Monarch Coopers Corner incorporates biophilic design that links residents, families, staff and visitors with nature. Wood furnishings and finishes as well as natural tones abound. “Live walls” filled with living greenery, abundant plants throughout the community and resident garden beds contribute to this approach. A pocket park with walking paths behind Monarch Coopers Corner encourages connection with the outdoors and movement.

“Our goal is to create a wellness ecosystem that enhances New Rochelle and the southern Westchester County region, with everyone here and the greater community around us contributing to and benefiting from each other,” Crawford said. “A key part of that is creating physical spaces and programs that encourage engagement and interaction.” The final steps toward attaining the WELL certification are expected to take place about six months after Monarch Coopers Corner’s scheduled opening this fall.

With the leasing gallery open, Monarch Coopers Corner is now accepting reservations for residency. Early depositors become members of the community’s Founders Circle, receiving greatest choice, customization options, pre-opening pricing and other benefits. For more information, call 914-819-5370.

Monarch Coopers Corner is developed and managed by Maryland-based Monarch Communities in partnership with Welltower, a S & P 500 real estate investment trust headquartered in Ohio. Monarch Communities, founded by seasoned senior living executives, operates and develops senior living communities along the East Coast. – Monarch Coopers Corner

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