On October 15th, United Zion Retirement Community announced their plans to build a new independent residential living apartment building on their campus. This new building will be located near their current main building along Furnace Hills Pike (Route 501). It is expected to have around 47 new apartments as well as new common space for campus residents.

There is a growing demand in Lancaster County for senior living. Right now, United Zion has a waitlist of over two years for their current independent residential living residences. United Zion is focused on being a close-knit, reasonably priced continuing care retirement community. The new apartment building will include two-bedroom apartments and one-bedroom plus den apartments as well as one-bedroom apartments. These new apartments will also be larger than the current apartments, ranging from 700 – 1,100 square feet. The new building will possess new common spaces including a larger fitness center, fresh dining options, and additional gathering areas.

Final building design and layouts will be available this winter. Applications are currently being accepted for these new units and reservations will start spring of 2023. Groundbreaking for the building will be in the fall of 2023, and residents will be looking to move in the spring of 2025.  United Zion is excited to open this building as part of its 120th anniversary celebration.

CEO Sue Verdegem states “The leadership at United Zion has spent hours in prayer, evaluation and planning to create a vision to improve and expand our beautiful campus. We see this as a much-needed project for the Lancaster County community as well as a chance to enhance the active and engaging lifestyle for the campus’s residents. We are exploring technology that can help assist residents enjoy campus life and extend their ability to age in place. As we look at ways to contain future cost to ensure reasonable rates for residents, we are evaluating sustainable technology to address future needs such as energy, maintenance and water. To assist with raising the funds needed, United Zion has started a capital campaign to help with technology, sustainability and common spaces.”

Stop by one of our Walk-In Wednesday sessions held every 2nd Wednesday from 3-5PM. These sessions are great for those interested in learning more about the living options and benefits of living at United Zion. You also can call (717) 627-8421 to schedule an individual appointment.

Moving into a cottage or apartment at United Zion means no longer worrying about house maintenance as helpful staff is only a phone call away. Plus, housekeeping is included. There are plenty of wellness, social and educational activities on campus to keep you busy and entertained. Each residence is within an easy walk of campus amenities including community room, wellness center, chapel, dining options, salon, library and more. As a Life Plan community, United Zion is there to support you as you age with Heritage Hills Personal Care and Firestone Healthcare Center for long-term care and short-term rehab. Come see why United Zion is the right fit for you. Call (717) 627-8421 today.

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