Ribbon cutting at new Shippensburg senior living center looks to support dozens for many years

24 May 2024-Luminest Community Development held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday celebrating the opening of Citrus Grove.

Citrus Grove Senior Living is a three-story building with 40 residential units on the 2.294 acres site located on East Orange Street, Shippensburg. The development consists of 36 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom units.  All units are visitable for persons with disabilities, four are fully accessible and one unit is designed for folks with hearing or vision limitations. Citrus Grove is an affordable senior-living community for those 62 and older.

CG Ribbon Picture names Left to Right:
Scott Brown, Annie Strite, Mary Kuna, Steve Christian, Chris Tully, Jean Foshi, Mike Ross, Alexandra Sipe, David Keller, Bonnie Zehler, Kathy Coy, Mike Fague, Kelly Neiderer, Greg Quandel, Kristin McGee, Olaf Hasse, Chrystal Miracle, Maureen Carlton, Barry Beatty, Stephanie McIlwee, Guy Henicle, Bryan Knoll, Yashira Aybar

The new Citrus Grove community has many amenities for seniors: lobby with coffee nook, Management and Supportive Services offices, Health Care Suite for counseling and health screening, Conference Room for small groups to meet, second floor lounge and two-story community room with large kitchen. The third floor has a fitness room and Card Room/Library overlooking the Community Room.  

“We’re so excited to bring affordable housing to Cumberland County,” said David Keller, Executive Director of Luminest.  “This project is our first in Cumberland County and we hope to have future communities here,” Keller said in his remarks. 

Representatives from the offices of PA State Senator Greg Rothman and PA State Representative Torren Ecker’s office were in attendance, along with Yashira Aybar from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Mayor of Shippensburg Kathy Coy, President of Shippensburg Borough Council Mike Fague, Shippensburg Borough Councilman Bill Klusman, Shippensburg Township Supervisor Marc Rideout, Cumberland County Commissioner Chairperson Kelly Neiderer, and Commissioner Jean Foschi.  Members of the Shippensburg community, Luminest staff and several residents of Citrus Grove also attended the Ribbon Cutting event.

Alexandra Sipe, Chair of Luminest’s Board of Directors, spoke on the importance of Citrus Grove. “The need for affordable housing is very real.  Citrus Grove meets that need in the heart of the Shippensburg community with high-quality accommodations and services that say to our residents, ‘Welcome home.  You are valued members of our community.’,” Sipe said.

During the ceremony, Greg Quandel of Quandel Construction, general contractor for Citrus Grove, presented a check for $10,000 to provide equipment and furnishings for the fitness room at Citrus Grove.  “Our goal at Quandel Enterprises is to lead, make a difference, and build a better future. This partnership with Luminest, the Shippensburg community, and the entire development team has been a great opportunity for us, and we look forward to working with Luminest again in the future to help meet the need for affordable housing,” said Quandel.