The money will be used for construction of infrastructure such as water and sewer lines at the site on Chesapeake Drive. Trees have been cleared and the land graded, in preparation for digging to begin in the spring. Project Coordinator for DCS Katie Clendaniel said, "We're hoping to start construction of the building sometime next year."
The Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Center will provide experiences designed to enhance the lives of adults and children through shared experiences within the 50,000-square-foot facility and among the wider community.
The center's concept was inspired during a visit by CEO/President Santo Grande to St. Anne's Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., where staff work to meet residents' spiritual, psychological, social and physical needs, through an extensive array of services and facilities.
After a discussion with Sister Edna Lonergan, president of St. Anne's Center, Mr. Grande decided to use the Wisconsin site as a model for Chesapeake Grove.
A prepared statement from DCS said, "The Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Center will bring several services under one roof, but in a space designed specifically to address modern expectations for community services and facilities. The space has been designed to be welcoming, encourage spontaneous interactions, convey a community-like feeling, create new opportunities for senior activities and interests, and to encourage a family atmosphere among its staff and visitors."
Fund raising for the center continues. In the meantime, the grant "helps keep the project moving," Ms. Clendaniel said.