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Construction kick-off of Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee is celebrated

On Feb. 19, Shakopee Mayor William Mars, Benedictine CEO Jerry Carley, Father Steve Ulrick were joined by community members to celebrate and bless the construction kick off of the new Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee.

The ceremony, a Benedictine tradition, honored the launch of the Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee. The new senior living community, which is being constructed near the intersection of Marystown Road and 17th Avenue West in Shakopee,will feature a full spectrum of senior living options with independent living, assisted living and assisted living memory care. Independent living will open with 116 apartments in June 2020. Assisted living and memory care are slated to open in August 2020.

The entire community is designed to provide a wide range of choices that allows each resident to create and choose the best lifestyle that works for them. Amenities include options such as heated underground parking, onsite dining and salon services as well as personalized services `such as housekeeping and home care designed allow residents to age in place with grace and respect. There will also be a variety of events planned for everything from socializing to education and learning.

Carley began the blessing event at the Shakopee Community Center by welcoming everyone and describing how the Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee will be a place where health, wellness and choice come to life. Mayor Mars then shared his thoughts on the project and the benefits it will provide to Shakopee.

Fr. Ulrick, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community, presided over the blessing ceremony with Pennie Viggiano, Benedictine vice president, home and community based services; Michael Beard, Scott County & Benedictine Board member; and Yvonne Anderson, director of Marketing, St. Gertrude’s Health & Rehabilitation Center; and Rick Meyer, administrator/CEO, St. Gertrude’s, participating. The Shakopee Area Catholic School Choir added their voices to the celebration.

The Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee is currently accepting inquiries from interested individuals in the community. If interested, please call 651-867-48208. More information is also available at www.blcshakopee.org.

From left, Father Steve Ulrick, Pennie Viggiano, Yvonne Anderson and Michael Beard.

From left: Rick Meyer, Michael Beard, Mayor William Mars, Jerry Carley and Fr. Ulrick

Members of the Shakopee Area Cahtolic School Middle School Choir.