GREENVILLE – Three months after a cloudburst inundated Greenville with up to six inches of rain, a local senior living community has completed repairs and is again accepting new residents.
Officials with Brookdale Greenville said the $600,000 project has their building looking even better than before the flooding that took place on July 13. Brookdale Greenville, located at 1401 N. Broadway St., offers assisted living and dementia care.
Sixty-percent of the one-story community was damaged when several inches of water surged inside. Thirty-five resident apartments were destroyed. No one was injured, but the seniors living in those units had to be relocated to other accommodations within the building. The shortage of usable space and construction work taking place left Brookdale Greenville unable to accept new residents until now.
“It was difficult having to tell seniors and families from the greater community who contacted us in need of our services that we could not help them for the time being, although we did our best to refer them to other providers who could,” said Shelli Jackson, executive director. “We are so glad to be fully operational and able to serve the public again. We are also very excited that our community is even more attractive now and about the new features we received as part of the rebuilding process.”
All of the damaged apartments were gutted and rebuilt with updated flooring, fixtures and appliances. The community has a new hair salon, spa and private dining room, with fresh carpeting and painting throughout.
“We certainly would never want a disaster like that to happen, but as it turned out, our community emerged stronger and more beautiful because of it,” Jackson said. “We invite everyone to come see our new look.” Brookdale Greenville anticipates holding a “grand re-opening” event in November.