Akshay Talwar had just finished welcoming upwards of three dozen guests to not one but two ribbon-cutting ceremonies at The Preserve, a luxurious 66-unit independent supportive and assisted living facility on the 30-acre Briarcliffe Campus in Johnston.
Talwar sat in a beautiful blue easy chair and announced with a smile: “NOW, we are open!”
Amid a delegation of noted officials, including Rhode Island Gov. Daniel J. McKee, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, former Warwick Mayor Joseph W. Walsh and William Murphy, Esq., former speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Talwar unveiled his latest addition to the 30-acre campus that visitors emphasized “is impressive in appearance and in design and looking unlike any other assisted living and independent living community in the state.”
“When it came to the design, we wanted our residents to feel like they were at a high-end condominium resort,” Talwar told his guests. “We thought of so many different details, floor to ceiling windows at the end of every corridor to bring light in, cozy and inviting spaces on every floor to enjoy a book or conversation and the color scheme we chose was designed to make people feel serene and safe.”
For Talwar, the 50,000 square foot project that broke ground in the fall of 2019 and is now open for new senior citizen residents, The Preserve at Briarcliffe is a dream come true that actually began back in the 1980s.
The project has grown into a multi-building center that provides residents the ability to age-in-place with a five-star award-winning skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility and two memory care assisted living residences.
McKee, who toured the entire facility located deep in the picturesque woods of Johnston off Old Pocasset Road, said he was impressed with The Preserve prior to helping Talwar cut the official opening red ribbon.
“I am happy for the entire Briarcliffe team – staff and residents alike – on their new facility,” McKee said to start his remarks. “It is clear that significant thought and effort went into this project. This great development comes at a time when we are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. The team here has gone above and beyond over the past year to keep residents safe and support Rhode Island’s efforts to beat this virus. I am thrilled to see that the culture and passion that has always existed at Briarcliffe still remains, thanks to the dedicated staff and friendly residents.”
As Talwar later told McKee, Polisena and other guests: “Many talented hands and minds came together to complete this stunning and state of the art facility, including D.F. Pray, DiPrete Engineering, NEMD Architects and Bank RI just to name a few.’
Likewise, the famous “Team NiRope” – now just brothers Ron and Pete Cardi, since the passing of Nick Cardi – has also played an important role in furnishing the Briarcliffe Campus over the years. New residents have the option to include styled furniture, carefully selected by the design team, upon move-in.
The Preserve apartments are available for occupancy in various styles including studio and one-bedroom apartments with private patios and balconies. Sizes vary but all units have kitchenettes with stunning quartz countertops, beautifully designed drapes, closets outfitted from The Container Store and accessible bathrooms.
Perhaps Polisena, who after being part of the official ribbon cutting ceremony and presented Talwar with an Official Commendation from his beloved Town of Johnston, said it best: “The Preserve is beautiful! I am very impressed with the quality of the project and very happy that Akshay Talwar has once again invested in our town.”
The Briarcliffe Campus boasts a 60-year presence in Rhode Island providing quality care to seniors. Now the community presents The Preserve, bringing a new level of care and comfort to those looking for an upscale and opulent senior community featuring endless activities., high quality food and the assurance of safety for those in need.