Pictured Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the Eden Place expansion at GlennPark Senior Living Community are (from left): Bill Andrews of Andrews Architects, architect Patrick Johnson, architect Steve Andrews, Kevin Kornowa of Huntington Bank, GlennPark residence manager Dodi Thompson, Defiance Mayor Mike McCann, Roger Vincent, resident Bonnie Karr, architect Brian Andrews, resident Virginia VonSeggern and resident Jim Gillis. The new building will consist of 33 independent-living apartments at GlennPark’s campus on William A. Diehl Court.

GlennPark Senior Living Community broke ground on its new Eden Place expansion Thursday with a ceremony to celebrate.

The new, 33-unit independent-living complex, located at GlennPark’s campus at 2429 William A. Diehl Court, will consist of studio, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments.

GlennPark opened its doors in May 2010, and currently offers a 60-unit assisted-living building called The Inn, as well as 18 independent-living bungalows.

“The demand continues to grow, and we want to continue to grow with it,” said Dodi Thompson, residence manager at GlennPark.

Thursday’s ceremony included a welcome by Defiance Mayor Mike McCann, followed by an invocation by Deacon Jeff Mayer of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

William Andrews, founder and president of Andrews Architects, and Thompson also spoke.

Refreshments and lunch were served following the ceremony.

Residents of Eden Place will live independently, with services such as full-service meals, housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping, and multiple communal areas to share with family and friends.

“With the addition of Eden Place, we will be energizing our entire 12-acre campus by adding amenities that our entire campus can enjoy,” Thompson said.

Along with the independent-living apartment complex, extensive work will go into the exterior grounds, including the addition of a fishing pond with a pier, shelter house for family picnics, walking paths, gardens, a dog park, shuffleboard courts and more.

“A huge benefit for people moving into either the bungalows or Eden Place is that, if the time comes and they need more help, we have The Inn right here on our campus to make the transition easier,” Thompson said.

The assisted living basic services include 24-hour nursing, three meals daily, planned activities, housekeeping and laundry services, all utilities and scheduled transportation. The level of care is based on individual residents’ needs, and can consist of supervision and/or assistance with activities like bathing, dressing, ambulating, medication administration or reminders, and assistance with minor medical problems.

For more information about Eden Place, call 419-980-2913.

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