The community aims to respond to record demand for senior housing in Fairfax County
Fairfax, Virginia (Sept. 18, 2017)— Today, Erickson Living® announced an opportunity to bring a second senior living community to Fairfax County, this time in the Braddock District.
Erickson Living has entered into an agreement to purchase the approximately 78-acre Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC) site from the Commonwealth of Virginia. This will be Erickson Living's second age-restricted continuing care retirement community in Fairfax County. The company's first Virginia campus, Greenspring, in the Lee District of Fairfax, is now more than 99 percent occupied with a wait list of over 1,000 prospective residents.
Erickson Living plans to meet with the surrounding community several times during the planning process with the goal of working with Fairfax County to design a new community specifically for seniors at a time when the county's aging population is burgeoning. According to Fairfax County's own 2016 Demographic Report, the number of people aged 65 and older will nearly double, up from 106,290 in 2010, to 193,904 by 2035.
Located on Braddock Road near George Mason University, Erickson Living believes the site is perfect for its next Virginia community, says Scott Sawicki, senior director of corporate affairs at Erickson Living.
"More high-quality senior housing is needed in Fairfax," says Sawicki. "We are aiming to satisfy growing demand while helping to keep families together in Fairfax County."
Erickson Living offers a full continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care, allowing seniors to age in place.
According to Sawicki, the NVTC had employed over 550 people providing services for about 200 residents as well as non-residents from several counties including Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, and Loudoun. Today, he says the site is abandoned and the existing infrastructure is in a state of disrepair.
"With the support of the surrounding communities," Sawicki says, "we plan to transform the currently unsafe and unsightly property into a community asset."
For more information about Erickson Living and its proposal, please visit www.ericksonatbraddock.com.
About Erickson Living: Erickson Living is a developer and manager of continuing care retirement communities across the country. Its two Virginia communities (Greenspring in Springfield and Ashby Ponds in Ashburn) have received regional recognition for quality services and as "Best Places to Work." Erickson Living is home to more than 24,000 seniors in 11 states. For more information, please go to: www.ericksonatbraddock.com or www.ericksonliving.com.