NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Patricia Swan, Executive Director of Lantern Hill appeared before the Borough Council on Monday, Sept. 26 to deliver an update regarding the newly opened retirement facility. Lantern Hill had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 20 although residents have been moving in since late June.
Once completed the Lantern Hill facility will provide all levels of care for retirees. A total of 161 residents, mostly couples, have moved into the independent living apartments. A total of 157 apartment units have been sold. Later this year, Lantern Hill will also be ready to accommodate residents in the continuing care units. These include memory care, assisted living care and nursing care residents, Swan said.
Although the entire campus will not be completely ready until early 2018 most amenities for residents are already available. The last of a total of three restaurants, market place grocery store and beauty salon will open shortly. The pool has opened recently. Summit Medical Group also operates a geriatric care clinic in the facility, Swan said.
Swan also noted that a local tree service has tagged and labeled all trees on “the beautiful mature lawn” in front of the complex. The arborist had advised a removal of four trees on “the great lawn” as they were deemed “hazardous” by testing. Hundreds of trees have been planted on the property, many of them to buffer the residential neighborhood from the complex. Those trees are warranted for a year. Swan said that Lantern Hill had added several trees outside the original planting schedule as requested by the residents neighboring the campus.
We have not heard any noise complaints since meeting with Candlewood Drive residents regarding the construction hours, Swan told the council. Councilman Jim Madden was pleased that the facility officials took time to meet with the concerned neighbors regarding “the misconceptions” of what constitutes a work day. “We want to be a good neighbor,” Swan stated.
Council President Michael Gennaro thanked Swan for the hospitality shown to the community at the grand opening ceremony. Gennaro said he is especially pleased of having had an opportunity to meet with the Lantern Hill residents. There are “burdens of home ownership,” he said and noted that the new retirement facility is “a place to go” for New Providence retirees who wish to remain in the area.