Ten Things About Broadview
- An innovative living and learning community for people 62 and older called Broadview will be built on 40 acres at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and the West Loop, behind the Administration Building. The entrance will be off the East-West Road.
- Proceeds from Broadview will fund additional student scholarships and support hiring new faculty.
- There will be two, four-story residence buildings that will hold 174 apartments and 46 villas.
- Twenty percent of the units at Broadview will be affordable and made available to low or moderate income seniors.
- A shared space at Broadview called the Learning Commons will be open to everyone–students, faculty, and staff as well as Broadview residents—and will feature a café, computing lab, classrooms, maker and performance spaces, and more.
- The classes and courses offered to Broadview residents at the Learning Commons will also be open to students.
- Job opportunities will be available for students, faculty, and staff.
- Construction will most likely start in 2021 and conclude in 2022, when the first residents will arrive.
- No college money is being diverted to this project—a non profit, 501c3 called Purchase Senior Living Community Inc.is building the community with the help of companies that specialize in the development and operation of senior communities. The development and construction of Broadview is funded entirely by bonds issued by the Westchester County Local Development Corporation.
- Broadview will be managed by Life Care Services (LCS), a senior living development and management company.
Answers to Your Questions
The college is committed to lifelong learning. The goal is to extend the college to include a community of active seniors who will become part of the college community.
In the early 2000s President Schwarz challenged the campus community to imagine innovative ideas for the college to help enhance and secure its future. What emerged was the idea to create a senior living community of people who appreciate the value of living on a college campus; who could become audiences for student performances and exhibitions; who could tutor and mentor students; and who could actively participate in the activities of The Performing Arts Center and Neuberger Museum of Art, all while generating funds for additional student scholarships and faculty support.keep reading »
Broadview’s proceeds will support students and faculty: 75% will fund additional student scholarships and we anticipate that scholarship funding will double as a result of Broadview. The remaining 25% of proceeds will finance new faculty hires.
Broadview residents will augment the audiences for student performances and exhibitions. Through new and expanded course offerings—for example, in Psychology or in Arts Therapy, students will have the opportunity to work and study with a population of older adults. Ideally, residents who choose to call Purchase College their home are lifelong learners who welcome the chance to mentor, tutor, and interact with students.
Broadview’s community will include a multipurpose space called the Learning Commons, where courses for both Broadview residents and students will feature topics with multigenerational appeal—so that students and residents can share their thoughts and experiences in discussion and coursework.keep reading »
No! The college formed a non profit, 501c3 called Purchase Senior Learning Community Inc. (PSLC) to build the community. No college resources are being used—all funding is provided by tax exempt bonds that are issued by Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation. PSLC is working with a group of consultants—and most closely with a company called Life Care Services—that is guiding the development of the community. Life Care Services has developed and currently operates 140 retirement communities nationwide and will be operate Broadview once it is open. Other consultants include an investment bank, architect, landscape architect, engineers, and advertising and public relations companies.keep reading »
Three years ago, a consulting firm conducted a full environmental study for the project, as required by New York State. Completed last year, the study included an assessment of the project’s impact on the landscape, the ecosystem, water and drainage, birds and animals, and life on campus (including increased noise and traffic). Among other findings, the consultants determined there are no threatened or endangered species within the vicinity of the project site.
Hearings were held to allow local residents and the college community to ask questions and voice concerns. The study concluded that any unavoidable environmental impacts will be adequately mitigated.
The project covers the full re-landscaping of all disturbed areas; storm water control management, including the use of rain gardens and other innovative technologies; and the construction of a natural passive and active recreation area to replace the mound of construction debris. New gardens, pathways, trees, and shrubs will surround the new buildings to preserve the area’s natural feel. The Copper Beech tree behind the Administration Building will be undisturbed and will remain standing following construction.
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The Broadview residences are far enough away from campus and the Stood that noise will not be an issue. Broadview residents will actively choose to become part of the college campus and to live near students. Culture Shock will continue as usual and no change to quiet hours will occur.keep reading »
The purpose of the senior living community is to benefit students—funding for scholarships and new faculty, adding new programs, providing new audiences, creating new jobs, and generating opportunities for intergenerational learning.
A significant amount of research shows that multi-generational communities are healthier and happier. The hope is that students will find these new residents will only add to their college experiences.keep reading »
There is no expectation that Broadview residents will play a more active role in the classes they audit any more so than current senior auditors.
We are currently exploring different course formats to expand on and offer different learning options to Broadview residents and students – short courses, growth in certificates and micro-credentials. The classes to take place at the Learning Commons will be designed to foster active participation by both students and residents since class topics will promote intergenerational learning.keep reading »
The Broadview community will have a security staff that will oversee security to ensure that standards for security and safety are adequate and appropriately maintained.
Broadview will communicate directly with the Harrison Police, Purchase Fire Department, and the Harrison EMS department.keep reading »