But Chief Operating Officer Richard Sobehart said Point Pleasant is not only grounded in local tradition, it's a product of everything he's learned about the needs of older adults in the Pittsburgh area.
, 61, has worked for many years with Western Pennsylvania's aging population.
Before retiring in 2004, he was president of St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, near Aspinwall, and helped to create senior living communities for UPMC as a consultant.
He now heads the Point Pleasant property company, while a second company, Management Services, manages the property.
One thing he
learned is that having choices is important for older adults.
was created to offer them options.
"I came out of retirement to do this," he
said, gesturing around one of the commons areas of the 125-unit building.
stressed that Point Pleasant
is not a nursing home, but was designed for adults 75 or older and living independently.
"The idea is to provide a supportive environment to those who, either by choice or by necessity, aren't able to take care of a home or to drive," he
But Point Pleasant
offers residents flexibility, he
It doesn't require a large deposit or long-term commitment from them, just a monthly rental fee.
"The people in Western Pennsylvania, they're buyers of services on an as-needed basis," Mr. Sobehart
"We feel they prefer to keep their resources under their own control, and pay as they go."
"Everyone ages differently," he
"If someone wants to leave to live with their son or daughter in Florida, we want them to have that freedom."
Located on Mosside Boulevard and overlooking a nearby wooded valley, Point Pleasant
offers studio, and one- and two-bedroom apartments at a cost of $1,650 to $2,800 per month.
said this fee structure includes three chef-prepared meals daily in the dining room, all utilities, linen service, maid service, live-in 24-hour management and security, transportation to nearby shopping and activities.
"Plus, people can bring their pets," he
said the attractiveness of Point Pleasant's apartments and common spaces was a point of pride for him.
"It's not quite finished, but when it is, my greatest satisfaction will be the 'Wow!' when people walk in," he
said, adding that the wide range of public rooms includes a living room with a fireplace, a library, a "pub," an activity room and a card room.
The design of Point Pleasant
also reflects older adults' concerns about safety, Mr. Sobehart
The building has a state-of-the-art security system, two residential managers on call round-the-clock, and emergency pull cords in every room.
Although Point Pleasant
has only a few residents, Mr. Sobehart
expects the facility to be filled within 12 to 18 months, and that with his
planned to build similar retirement communities elsewhere in Pennsylvania, and in New York and Ohio.