RiverView Senior Resort hosts grand opening in Palm Bay
RiverView Senior Resort and Palm Bay officials take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the first phase of the riverfront retirement and assistant living facility.
Photos by Mike Gaffey
Steve Ciancio didn’t originally plan to build a retirement and assisted living facility along the shores of the Indian River in Palm Bay. But city officials are glad he did.
The Vero Beach developer’s family bought 3 acres along the east side of U.S. 1 in 2005 and planned to open a luxury condominium and retail complex called The Cape. But the economic downturn a few years later shelved those plans.
Instead, Ciancio began work on a multistory senior resort at the site to meet rising demand for such a complex. On June 30, RiverView Senior Resort had its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This is a beautiful facility,” Palm Bay Mayor William Capote told about 500 guests gathered at the seven-story resort at 3490 Gran Ave. “The city of Palm Bay worked wholeheartedly with Steve to make this happen, and we are so happy that we were able to fulfill this dream for him in conjunction with us.”
When completed, the 136,000 square-foot complex will have about 250 units for independent residents, those in need of a little assistance, and residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Residents will start moving into the facility’s 119-apartment first phase during the first week of July, said Carol Kueppers, the resort’s business office manager.
Residents can choose from eight modern one-bedroom and studio floor plans, with units ranging in size from 412 square feet to 544 square feet. Water surrounds the complex on three sides, so many residents will enjoy unobstructed river views.
The facility’s entire fourth floor will be for residents who require memory care services, said Evelyn Nardo, RiverView’s director of first impressions.
Amenities include 3,000 square feet of private shoreline, gourmet dining, 24-hour caregiver and nursing staff access, an onsite physician, home health services, around-the-clock security, an emergency system, local transportation, a full activity schedule, concierge services, a heated pool, an observation pier, waterfront walkways, a library, an internet café, a theater, a billiard and cards room, and hair salon and barber services. Palm Bay Hospital is only a few minutes away, and RiverView is licensed for Extended Congregate Care.
RiverView Executive Director Courtney Legg said she’s proud of the new resort and the team that will run it. The facility will employ about 160 full-time workers.
“I want to thank Steve and his family for allowing this wonderful opportunity for all of us to serve the seniors of Palm Bay,” she said.
For photo gallery of this event, please visit the RiverView Senior Resort grand opening gallery.