The Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, a community for independent seniors in South Orange, celebrated the grand opening of its new multi-purpose community space and luxury apartments as well as the renovations to common areas throughout the building.

The festivities took place on October 17; among the attendees were residents and staff, invited guests, and board members and leadership of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC), which owns and manages Village Apartments and three other senior living communities in Essex and Morris counties.

Visitors toured the spacious community space which includes a well-equipped fitness center for classes and individual exercise, a fireside lounge, movie screening area, lending library, computer room, and activity space. The room opens out to the community’s private, landscaped paver courtyard, which opened five years ago as part of Village Apartments’ 25th anniversary celebration.

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Other renovations at Village Apartments are: new community dining room, lobby and management office; upgrades to resident hallways to provide better lighting and safety and improved aesthetics; and the addition of 12 luxury rental apartments.

As part of the grand opening proceedings, CEO Harold Colton-Max presented certificates of appreciation to the people and organizations who contributed their time, talent and treasure to the improvement project. They are: The Fannie and Morris Sklaw Foundation for its financial support, DIGroup Architecture, Sweetwater Construction Corporation (general contractor) and Daeli Development LLC, which performed work on the resident hallways. Also acknowledged from the JCHC were SIte Manager Cheryl Kasye and Regional Director of Facilities, Terrence Roselle; and (not present) Stephen Schwartz, AIA, who designed the courtyard and Investors Foundation for its financial support of that project.

Village Apartments is located at 110 Vose Avenue, just two blocks from the shopping, dining, entertainment and town services of the Township of South Orange Village. For more information, visit www.jchcorp.org.