Retirement community plans unveiled

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After almost 120 years of caring for the elderly, Rockville, Md.-based National Lutheran Home & Village finally will expand into Virginia. Its Village at

Orchard Ridge, a 132-acre site off Route 50 near Winchester, eventually will feature 650 independent living units, as well as an assisted-living center and a

full-care nursing home.
“We had a lot of people from Virginia who didn’t really want to cross the river and come to the facility up here, and so we had been looking for

opportunities in Virginia for some time,” says Kristina Hughes, executive director of the National Lutheran Home & Village. “We finally found the right spot

in Winchester.”
Construction won’t get under way until 2010, but already more than 100 potential residents have signed up for Future’s Club membership and put down $1,000

priority deposits. The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2012, will sell 130 independent units. Club members get early access to floor

plans, pricing and community details. Contracts and a 10 percent down-payment on each unit will be offered beginning in April.
“The demand has been very high,” states Hughes, who explains that a majority of prospects are from Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley. “People in the area

have long wanted something like this, a reasonably priced community for active seniors, so they don’t have to move out of the area when they retire.”
Once completed, the Village at Orchard Ridge will end up being more than four times bigger than the National Lutheran Home & Village.

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