Messiah Lifeways in Upper Allen Township is ready to embrace the future with the completion of a two-year expansion project that it hopes will enrich the lives of its residents, as well as area seniors.
“Really, this is for the community, not just for our residents,” said Kristen Heisey, Messiah Lifeways’ senior vice president for mission advancement. “We’re very open and welcoming to anyone in the public who’s 55-plus. We want them to enjoy our new spaces.”
The $80 million Project Envision expansion is highlighted by Village Square, designed in the manner of a town village with 84 apartments, two restaurants, an “enrichment center,” a day spa and a wellness center. Although residency is limited to seniors 62 and older, members of the general public age 55 or older can register for the facility’s programs and amenities.
An open house kicking off the new expansion is scheduled for from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, 100 Mt. Allen Drive. Open to the public, the event will offer guided tours, apartment open houses, fellowship, music, raffle drawings for the day spa and wellness center and free restaurant smoothies.
For the 84 new apartment homes, the design aims for spacious. With higher than average ceilings, the airy units range in size from 800 square feet with one bedroom to 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms, den and 2.5 baths. Most have a private balcony or porch.
The new Center for Wellness and Vitality on Village Square features the Cerise Day Spa with massage therapy, manicure and pedicures, and a Himalayan salt wall room with zero-gravity rejuvenation chairs. “A half-hour in the salt room has the same (relaxation) effect as being at the beach for several days,” Heisey said.
Down the hall, a new zero-entry, salt-water pool heated to 98 degrees is twice the size of Messiah Lifeway’s 1988 pool that recently was demolished. A salt-water hot tub also is available in the pool room. Salt water sanitizes the pool and spa without using harsh chemicals.
“This is our second generation of wellness. With our next generation of older adults, there’s a lot more interest in pursuing wellness and fitness,” Heisey said, alluding to the large squadron of baby boomers aging across the nation.
A nearby fitness studio offers pilates, yoga, strength training and more, while the Hostetter Enrichment Center offers an expansion of the Pathways Institute lifelong learning program at Messiah Lifeways. The enrichment center seats up to 300 and is equipped with an induction loop system underneath its carpet. The system enables anyone wearing t-coil hearing aids to automatically pick up the room’s sound, Heisey said.
Village Square restaurants include Kathryn’s on the Square and Café 100, along with a Starbucks counter with in-house pastries. The general public is welcome to dine at these facilities.