Manor North Community’s New Look
One of the hallmarks of Willow Valley Communities is its commitment to continuous renewal of its physical spaces. After any building reaches 10 years of age, Willow Valley evaluates what is needed to bring that building new life. Sometimes what’s needed is just a simple refresh of the finishes. For other buildings, it’s an opportunity to make significant changes to enhance design and function.
Manor North opened in 1995 and underwent a renovation 10 years later. The current renovation project is more a re-imagining of the community. North typifies the Willow Way of Life by encouraging active minds through literature, music, activity, interaction, cuisine, and art. Soon, thanks to the extensive renovation, residents will have new opportunities to awaken their senses in a fresh, vibrant living space. The full breadth of community opportunity and experiences are at the center of the new vision for the building, woven together as seamlessly as the natural flow from indoor to outdoor.
New looks and layouts are underway for North’s piano lounge, buffet and menu dining, atrium lounge, coffee café, fireplace lounge, library, billiards room, and large auditorium. These spaces, covering two floors and totaling 42,486-sf, will invite residents and guests into a world of casual elegance, inspiration, and discovery. True to Willow Valley’s support of the Lancaster community, local suppliers and contractors have been used wherever possible for this design-build project which began in January.
The new Manor North CORE, to be completed mid- 2016, will feature a new atrium and coffee bar as well as a redesigned courtyard that uniquely fuses indoor and outdoor spaces together. This expansive redesign will feature custom millwork, increased natural light, multi-story gathering spaces, and a welcoming feel to emphasize sharing and socializing. With all new contemporary finishes and furnishings, North will exemplify the innovation and beauty for which Willow Valley Communities is known.
First floor renovations include redesigns of the kitchen, buffet dining room, menu dining room, private dining room, lobby, piano lounge, and reception area. Residents are already enjoying the delights of the new buffet dining room’s state-of-the-art equipment, including a pizza oven and rotisserie. Coming soon will be the new pastry kitchen with handcrafted artisan baked goods made fresh daily.
The addition of a new 1,000-sf atrium lounge will showcase a 28’ tall glass wall looking out into the newly renovated 33,000-sf courtyard where diners can enjoy eating alfresco. The amenities of the popular courtyard, including the gazebo, will be updated for style and ease of use.
Innovative and fresh additions to the courtyard include a fire pit, outdoor dining, some new trees and plants, and an outdoor kitchen where residents can barbecue.
The library, auditorium, multi-purpose room, art and crafts studio, mailroom, business center, offices, and billiards room are all getting an upgrade on the third floor. A new audiologist office suite will benefit many members of our community. The PNC Bank and pharmacy will remain in their current homes.
The highly anticipated new coffee shop and sandwich bar, which will overlook the stunning new atrium from the third floor as well as out into the courtyard, will feature baguette and other bread delights from the first floor pastry bakery. Fair trade coffees and recycled, sustainable paper products will accent responsible harmony with nature.
The people of Manor North are already known for their passion for discovery and their caring, community-centered fellowship. Sharing inspiration with others will continue to come naturally in this fresh setting. Nurturing existing friendships and creating new relationships in this stunning environment will further enhance community life at North.