By John Schaffner

Lenbrook Continuing Care Retirement Community hosted a Grandparents Day picnic for residents and their families Sept. 13 to celebrate the opening of its new 25-story Lenox tower, care floors, wellness center and amenities plaza that are part of the recently completed $100 million expansion.

Lenbrook will be hosting a public grand opening of the facility—both the renovated older Brookhaven building and the new Lenox residential tower, on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Although Lenbrook is listed as being in Buckhead, it actually straddles the border with Brookhaven at 3747 Peachtree Road NE. It is Atlanta’s first and only nationally accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community and also is celebrating its 26th anniversary this fall.

The expansion project connects the older 17-story Brookhaven building to the new 435,000-square-foot facility, which adds 142 new independent living units (seven units per floor), three new “healthcare” floors with a total of 60 private skilled nursing units, a garden court building overlooking a landscaped plaza and nine-hole putting green, a state-of-the-art wellness center, heated indoor pool and hot tub, day spa and salon, and three new dining options, including formal and private dining rooms and a bistro.

The new expansion project also expanded the library and lounge areas and provided a new multi-purpose room for community meetings, movies, card tournaments, dance classes and other activities.

Becky Webster, who became CEO of Lenbrook in March, claims the distinguishing characteristic of this over other continuing care retirement facilities in Atlanta is “Lenbrook is considered more upscale.” Before becoming CEO at Lenbrook, Webster was on the board for six years after retiring as chief operating officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Webster said the expansion was spurred by several amenities that the residents wanted, “more dining, the wellness center was a big part and we also wanted and we also knew that our healthcare center needed to be improved. So, there were several initiatives that told us that we needed to do something.” Every resident has 60 free days a year that they can make use of the healthcare center if they need it.

Lenbrook now has 221 residents in the Brookhaven building and 140 in the new Lenox building, in which residences are larger, up to almost 3,000 square feet. The entrance fees range from about $196,000 to $1.2 million, with monthly service fees ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 per month.

Residents do not have real estate title to the units. Ninety percent of the entrance fee is returned to the person’s estate when they leave.