Construction of a new 12,000-square-foot clubhouse and a pool at Toftrees Apartments is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Dan Berger, president of Berger Rental Communities, said the clubhouse addresses several needs for leasing officers and residents.
“First, it’s a large community of 541 apartments, and we don’t really have a good leasing office that works well for us,” Berger said. “The second thing is there is no fitness center in that area. We do residential surveys, and one common theme is they really wanted this fitness center and clubhouse. We wanted to give this to our current residents and to future residents, because it’ll be a nice amenity for them.”
The fitness center will have five treadmills, four bikes, three or four ellipticals and several weight machines. The clubhouse will also feature leasing offices, a lounge, kitchen and business center for residents.
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Check home safety
As we get older, we might not be as nimble as we once were, and things like stairs become a hurdle.
That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care office in State College is offering free home-safety checklists for local seniors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 older adults fall each year. The CDC also cites falls as the leading cause of injuries — including traumatic brain and fatal injuries — to older adults.
“To give an example, some things could cause a fall and a hip injury that requires surgery,” Home Instead owner Ron Krasnansky said. “If that hip doesn’t turn out the way they want it, that ends up being a step toward worse issues. We want as much as someone can to look over the house and be safe now and in the future.”
To get a checklist, call 238-8820.
Housing tour set
Energy use and sustainability go hand in hand, so it made sense to three local businesses to host a tour of houses and a winery in the county to teach people about the benefits of high-performance housing.
The free event, hosted by Scot Chambers Realty, Envinity and the Torron Group, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and will feature seven homes from Boalsburg to Julian. The event wraps up at the Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.
Chambers said each property on the tour is Energy Star-certified and will give people a chance to get a real feel for the benefits of high-performance housing.
“It’s amazing how much money we can save doing big and little things, and one thing we see a lot more of is people asking about solar panels,” Chambers said.
For more information, email ScotChambers@kw.com.
Liberty Hill plans seminar
Traditions of America at Liberty Hill in Boalsburg will hold an educational seminar on reverse mortgages and purchasing a new home for active adults Aug. 10.
Attendance is free to listen to home equity conversion mortgage purchase specialist Julie Didyoung talk about Tradition of America’s HomePlus program, which is a reverse mortgage offering.
Register online at traditionsofamerica.com.