Victoria Landing celebrates fifth anniversary


Victoria Landing co-owner John Rumpel, left, and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey both spoke at the ceremony.

Hundreds of people celebrated the fifth anniversary of Victoria Landing at a party held Dec. 13 at the resort-style assisted living facility, located on the river just south of Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne.

“It’s very, very special,” said Barbara Rumpel, president and co-owner of the facility with her husband John Rumpel. “This really is a family. I eat with these people every day, I see them every day. They’re my neighbors.”

The 11-story building is poignantly named after her husband’s daughter Victoria, who tragically passed away at the age of 19. To that end, there seems to have been a lot of work put into the facility to make it something that everyone can be proud about.

Rumpel said the renovations have been striking. The building previously was used for low-income senior housing in the last half-decade.

It remained in need of repairs for some time before the extensive redesign was done and the facility was renamed Victoria Landing.

“It was pretty nasty by the time they gave it back to us,’’ Rumpel said. “Because when we bought it, we had to lease it for three years. And in those three years, they let it (become) run down.’’

“It is a like a dream come true for me as a designer,” added Jacqueline P. Menzel of Melbourne-based MAI Design Build, which worked on the design at the facility.

Rumpel and others both say they have enjoyed their time getting to know those who call the building home.

Amy Schaefer, the executive director, said she loves the residents.

“All of the families and residents that we’ve gotten to know over the last five years have been the best part of it,” Schaefer said.

A number of dignitaries were on hand for the event as well, including Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan.

“You have done an amazing job here,” said Meehan, who also lauded the charitable works of the Rumpels to the crowd.

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