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Newest PHS Community Breaks Ground in Oconomowoc, WI

We are pleased to share that Presbyterian Homes Wisconsin (PHW), the eastern Wisconsin affiliate of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), celebrated the official groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 12 for Towner Crest senior living community. The celebration included local civic and business leaders alongside the project development team, PHS and PHW staff, and future residents.

Towner Crest, the fifth PHS senior living community in southeastern Wisconsin, will be built on a 19.5-acre site located on Lisbon Road near Highway 16/67 and adjacent the Oconomowoc Golf Club. The site was chosen to meet the rapidly growing older adult population. “Towner Crest addresses the need for senior living within Oconomowoc and will offer residents smooth transitions as their health needs change by having additional care and housing options under one roof,” said Lisa Albain, Project Developer with Senior Housing Partners (SHP), a subsidiary of PHS.

Oconomowoc Mayor David Nold addressed those in attendance. “It’s great that PHS will use the land “as is” with little disruption to its natural beauty,” he said. The Mayor expressed his appreciation for how PHS has worked with Oconomowoc leaders from the inception of the project. “It took a lot of hard work and long meetings but the city is excited,” he said.

The senior living community is named in honor of The Rev. Margaret E. Towner who, in 1956, was the first woman to be ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Towner served as a co-pastor of Kettle Moraine Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Milwaukee from 1973 to her retirement in 1990 to Sarasota, FL.

Although Towner was unable to attend the ceremony, her greetings were shared at the ceremony. She wrote, “To have a building named after [me] is truly a humbling and awesome honor. I was reminded of the years I represented Milwaukee Presbytery on the Avalon Manor Board. It’s good to keep the story of women in the Presbyterian Church alive.” Avalon Manor is now Avalon Square, a PHS senior living community located in Waukesha, WI.

The full community name, Towner Crest, honors Rev. Towner’s achievements and also reflects the striking physical features of the property: the site is situated at the crest of a hill with sweeping views of the mature pine forest below.

When complete in late summer 2019, Towner Crest will offer 120 senior apartments, 20 assisted living apartments and 18 memory care apartments. To reflect the surrounding natural environment, the single-building campus will have a sophisticated lodge style architectural design that connects the interior spaces with the outdoors, bringing majestic views of the forested landscape and natural light through large windows. At the heart of the community will be a multilevel Town Center offering an array of amenities and services, including a two-story hearth room, restaurant-style dining, a bistro, style salon, library, club room, movie theater, chapel and wellness center. Outdoor water features, prairie plantings, gardens and a beautiful outdoor terrace with fire pit will give residents a lodge retreat experience while benefiting from the convenience of nearby downtown Oconomowoc.

The $52M project is designed by Insite Architects of Minneapolis, MN. The general contractor is VJS Construction of Pewaukee, WI. This is the third project VJS has constructed for Presbyterian Homes Wisconsin.  Financing is secured through Northland Security of Minneapolis, MN.

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