Carp Commons hosts open house

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

CARP – It was an opportunity to view the Carp Commons Retirement Village apartments, but it was also an opportunity to celebrate the Carp community.

The old Rivington House beside the still under construction Carp Commons building was the place to be last weekend, as Carp Commons representatives hosted an open house Friday and Saturday (July 27, 28) and brought in some of their community neighbours to celebrate the impending opening of the retirement village.

Carp Commons general manager Chris Bishop says approximately 80 people came out to the Carp Commons Presentation Centre in the Rivington House over the two days.

“It was a fantastic turnout,” Bishop told West Carleton Online as he helped clean up after the party. “We really appreciate the community support we’ve received so far.”

It was a chance to view a potential future home, but it was also a chance to meet some of the other great businesses in the Carp community.

KIN Vineyard was sharing some of their wine. Ridge Rock Brewery hosted their first official beer tasting. The Swan at Carp brought truffles and The Juke Joint shared their gluten free brownies.

Bishop said the open house was not just about selling units but selling the Carp community.

“We want to promote a healthy, active community,” he said. “We want our residents to be a part of the community, we want them to feel a part of the community and we want them to be valued by the community.”

Bishop and his family also live in Carp.

Bishop says the staff and ownership team also want to be good members of the community. He says they have heard some concern about parking for the new building.

“There’s been some worry,” Bishop said. “We ae confident we’ll have enough parking.”

The facility also has a 10-seat, wheel chair accessible van to serve the residents too.

The 120-unit building is located in the heart of Carp. It is a two-minute walk to the Carp fairgrounds and the community’s hubs. Surrounded by no less than four restaurants, Bishop says residents don’t even have to leave the building to find great food.

“I think what will set us apart will be our food,” he said. “We want to hire local and have consistent, stable staff.”

Carp Commons offers residents a full continental breakfast as well as chef prepared lunch and dinner menus.

Bishop says the building is exactly 800 metres, door-to-door, from the West Carleton Family Health Team, across the road from Ottawa Fire Station 64 and just a couple of minutes from Highway 417.

“We are hoping to arrange a regular ‘house call’ from the health team,” Bishop said. “All of those key things are there. If you are a son or daughter, you know your parents are well taken care of.”

To learn about all the amenities the Carp Commons Retirement Village has to offer, click here.

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