Retirement Community Announced For Aging Musicians
“…He surrounded himself with people who were good musicians and good people. Age disappeared. We all loved to make music together.” Sara Caswell
In a recent article in the Nashville Business Journal, there was a $95 million senior living center project announced that will cater to musicians 62 and older. The Crescendo at Westhaven will sit on 15 acres in the town of Franklin, Tennessee, and will offer 180 independent living residences, a full-skilled nursing facility and assisted living. A 70 percent presell of the residences will be necessary to obtain financing; and assuming all goes well, the project should break ground in 2011. Occupancy is currently anticipated in 2013.
One of the amenities making this community unique will be the on-site recording studio and performance venues. There are also preliminary plans for spacious areas and courtyards with a variety of dining choices from cafe and patio dining to high-end restaurant style dining. There are also plans for a music library and other music-related activities.
Blakeford Development Services will be the builder for The Crescendo at Westhaven and will manage the property upon completion. There will be a fund set up by the Crescendo Music Community, a non-profit organization, to provide assistance if needed to certain qualifying musicians retiring to The Crescendo. The CMC Fund is made up of volunteers from the music industry and community leaders. The Country Music Association, the Opry Trust Fund, Academy of Country Music, and the Reunion of Professional Entertainers came up with the initial seed funding.
According to Steve Buchanan, CMC Fund Board of Directors President, “This spectacular facility creates the opportunity for those in the music industry to continue to share and enjoy the camaraderie and relationships that shaped their professional life. And the Fund will be there to assist those who may not be fully qualified from a financial perspective.”
Should be exciting to follow the progress of this community.