Pictured left to right: Jerry Pierce, chaplain, National Church Residences; Ken Sinha, healthcare finance team lead, First Midwest Bank; Gregory Lee, vice president, Berwick Civic Association and Mideast area commissioner; Mark Ricketts, president and CEO, National Church Residences; Bruce Black, president, Berwick Civic Association; Don Anderson, executive vice president, Elford; Matthew Rule, senior vice president of housing development, National Church Residences

National Church Residences and general contractor Elford have donated $6,000 to the Berwick Civic Association in conjunction with the March 22 ceremonial earth shoveling at Brookwood Point, a senior living community projected to open in fall 2023.

The donation is meant to support Berwick Elementary teachers and students, as well as for a local health event, and to food drive to fill pantries of those in need in the community. 

“The Berwick community is very grateful to National Church Residences and Elford for their gift,” said Bruce Black, president of the Berwick Civic Association and Neighborhood Pride program manager for the City of Columbus. “We are excited that this new senior housing development will continue to enhance our neighborhood and our Livingston Avenue corridor.” 

The $33 million Brookwood Point will be built at the site of the former Brookwood Presbyterian Church. A few of the church’s architectural elements, such as its stained glass windows, will be used in the building design. An entrance wall will feature the history of the church and area, too.

The new community will include 103 independent living units, chef-created dining, a library and pocket gardens, among other amenities. 

“We designed Brookwood Point around a focus on wellness, independence and a sense of community for the residents,” said Melanie Wollenberg, director of senior housing development at National Church Residences. “We’ll be hosting many community events at this facility and are working closely with the Berwick Civic Association.”

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