by Joni Astrup
Guardian Angels is celebrating the completion of Riverview Landing, a new senior living community located on the banks of the Mississippi in Otsego.
An open house 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, will include a ribbon-cutting, tours, entertainment and refreshments. A program will kick off at 2 p.m.
Riverview Landing is a four-story, 168,000-square-foot building that includes 126 independent and assisted living apartments and 16 memory care units. It is located at 9200 Quantrelle Ave. NE.
Besides offering sweeping views of the river, Riverview Landing has a host of services and amenities, such as an on-site wellness center, attached heated garage parking, a pub lounge, a beauty salon, a chapel and community room, a pickleball court, a warm water therapy pool and outdoor walking paths.
“We had this dream and this vision about senior housing in Otsego, so we’re glad to have this day come,” Guardian Angels CEO and President Dan Dixon said at a VIP celebration Wednesday afternoon at Riverview Landing. He spoke during a short program that also included the Elk River American Legion Honor Guard, other speakers and a blessing by the Guardian Angels’ director of chaplaincy. Then, Jane Houlton, a Guardian Angels board member for many years, cut the ribbon.
Riverview Landing is 50 percent leased. Dixon said it will employ 80 to 100 people.
Otsego Mayor Jessica Stockamp welcomed Guardian Angels and the new residents to Otsego.
“We’re very excited,” Stockamp said at the VIP event. “This has always been a goal to have senior living in Otsego.”
Joan and Bill Campbell are two of the people who have moved into Riverview Landing.
“I was thinking, ‘where would I want to spend the rest of my life,’ and Riverview Landing was the answer,” Joan said. “I grew up across the river from Riverview Landing and I am excited to be coming back to the river.”
She said they appreciate the reputation that Guardian Angels has for caregiving, plus they love many of the features of their new home, including the sunroom, fireplace and full kitchen.
“It was a hard decision to leave our big house, but I knew this is where we would want to be at this stage in our lives,” she added. “And, I’m looking forward to meeting new friends, and having more space to hang my oil paintings and new experiences.”
Guardian Angels Senior Services built and manages Riverview Landing. The facility is the 12th senior residence for Guardian Angels, a faith-based nonprofit.
Riverview Landing was designed by Pope Architects Inc. and constructed by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company.
Andrea Erickson is Riverview Landing’s administrator.
About Guardian Angels
This year marks Guardian Angels’ 53rd anniversary of serving generations of seniors. Today, the longtime senior care provider’s 600 staff members serve more than 3,000 people per year, and it’s still growing.
If you go
Guardian Angels’ Riverview Landing
What:Open house at Riverview Landing
When: 1-4 p.m Sunday, Dec. 9 with ribbon cutting, tours, entertainment and refreshments. Special program begins at 2 p.m.
Where: Riverview Landing, 9200 Quantrelle Ave. N.E., Otsego