The Administration on Aging says 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older by 2040. These seniors have high expectations for retirement living, and the changes coming to Valle Verde are designed to please seniors both today and tomorrow.

Valle Verde will celebrate the beginning of construction on the $30 million expansion with a special groundbreaking ceremony for invited guests at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, at 900 Calle de los Amigos.

“Our community has evolved to meet the needs of seniors since we first became part of Santa Barbara in 1966,” said Executive Director Tim Wetzel. “We’re pleased to continue advancing senior living in Santa Barbara with some of the first senior living construction this area has seen in thirty years.”

Planned enhancements to the existing community include a new poolside bistro, renovations to the fitness center and wellness clinic, as well as adding more parking spaces. The 40 new single-story residential living homes, named Casas Verdes, will be built throughout the existing campus. These new residences will retain the character of the current community, including vast green space amongst the homes and a 9.8 acre oak woodland preserve.

ABHOW Senior Vice President Jeff Glaze and Santa Barbara Mayor Pro Tempore Frank Hotchkiss will join members of the Valle Verde Advisory Board and future residents in celebrating the beginning of the community transformation.

“Valle Verde provides a solution to an urgent need in our community for services and housing for seniors,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Frank Hotchkiss. “Their careful expansion just makes them an even more important aspect of Santa Barbara.”

Construction on Casas Verdes is expected to be complete in Spring 2014.

Valle Verde has been providing quality care, services and lifestyle options for seniors in Santa Barbara for nearly 45 years. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Valle Verde provides residents with the continuity of a flexible, residential lifestyle, while offering the security of on-site health care. For more information about Valle Verde, call 1-800-491-0629, visit the campus at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara or visit the community’s website, click here. State of California License #421700411, DHS License #05000067, Certificate of Authority #112.

Valle Verde is owned and managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving seniors through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of CCRCs. For more information about ABHOW, click here.


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