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The ribbon is cut, the doors are open!

Maranatha dedicates and celebrates the Grand Opening of its expansion
Local community and business leaders joined senior leaders and staff of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) in a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 8 of the expansion of Maranatha senior living community, located at 5401 69th Avenue North in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The public was invited to a Grand Opening held on Wednesday, August 9.

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The ceremony marked the completion of a master plan approved in 2012 by the city of Brooklyn Center.  “This is a great development for our city and puts Brooklyn Center on the map,” said Tim Willson, Mayor of Brooklyn Center who spoke at the Dedication Ceremony. He acknowledged the importance of developing senior housing in preparation for the growing older adult population. “A lot of our elderly have lived here for a long time. They’ve made friends and love their city,” he said. Willson expressed his appreciation to PHS for their commitment to the seniors and families of Brooklyn Center. “I’ve had quite a few inquiries from seniors asking where they can move and this is one of the places that I recommend,” he said. 

Dan Lindh, President and CEO of PHS pointed to the source of this commitment by sharing one of the biblical foundations of PHS: “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.” (Leviticus 19:32 NIV). “This is why we’re here, why we serve and why we’re committed to this important ministry and mission,” he said in his address at the ceremony. “Lindh thanked the many people and organizations who were part of the redevelopment project. “We commit this building and this senior community within the greater community to make a difference for decades to come,” he said.

Willson, Lindh and those attending gathered outside the main entrance to cut the ribbon and officially open the 59.8 thousand square foot expansion. The addition of independent apartments provides a senior living component to the Maranatha campus and offers the North Metro area more choices for senior housing in a thoughtfully designed, comfortable and beautiful setting. Thirty-four new senior apartments range in size from 662 to 1,126 square feet in 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, and 2 bedroom floor plans. 

Grand opening festivities – state fair style
Arlene Bergfalk is on the right, sitting with a friendGames, animals, music and food-on-a-stick welcomed the residents, families, friends and staff who came to the Grand Opening/State Fair celebration held the next day. “Fairgoers” had their pictures taken in spectacular style at the photo booth, cuddled with guinea pigs, bid on gift baskets created by Maranatha departments, tossed bean bags and, of course, enjoyed the food.  State fair staples were available with an abundance of corn! Corn dogs, corn on the cob, popcorn and corn tortilla nachos, were served alongside sloppy joes, cheese fries, ice cream, pie, mini donuts and more. 

Arlene Bergfalk, who lives in the neighborhood nearby, had a special reason to celebrate. She has reserved a new two-bedroom apartment and is planning to move in as soon as she can sell her current townhome just walking distance away. “It’s the right time to do this,” she said. Arlene has lived in the North Metro since 1963 and has strong ties in Brooklyn Center. “I know my neighbors and neighborhood. I looked all over at senior housing, but my heart is here,” she said.

From master plan to beautiful community
Maranatha stands on a rich and dedicated history of service and care for older adults the Brooklyn Center community. Maranatha opened in 1962 and affiliated with Presbyterian Homes & Services in 2006. The senior living community also offers assisted living apartments, a skilled nursing care center and a memory care care center that was remodeled in 2013 as part of the master plan. This “continuum of care” accommodates smooth transitions across living options for residents, meeting their housing and care needs while minimizing disruption to their daily lives.  A variety of apartments and suites are still available in all senior living and care levels.

The expansion includes 3,700 square feet of common area known as the Town Center featuring a bistro, club lounge, library, social space and additional administrative offices. The new building is connected to the existing assisted living apartments and chapel and provides new enclosed heated parking. 

Senior Housing Partners, the project development team of PHS, oversaw the $7.5M project, including planning, construction, start-up operation and marketing. The expansion was designed by Pope Architects, based in St. Paul, MN. The general contractor was Frana Companies, Hopkins, MN.

For information about Maranatha, visit To inquire about current availability of apartments, contact Debra Keeney, Housing Counselor at (763) 549-9600 or

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