KATY (Covering Katy)—Katy welcomed its newest neighbors Thursday with ribbon-cutting ceremonies to commemorate the opening of Oak Park Retirement Community at 1921 South Mason Road. The community is on the southeast corner of the intersection with Winding Hollow Drive, not far from Highland Knolls Drive.
The community has 130 units, 128 of which will be open to renters 55 years of age and older, on a month-to-month basis. The other two units are for a guest quarters and for the live-in community managers Herschel and Donna Stauffer.
The community features studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. The units are unfurnished but feature full kitchens with granite countertops. Rental rates depend on the floor plan.
“It’s a whole new focus in independent senior living that we fell in love with,” Herschel Stauffer, who along with his wife, Donna, serves as on-site manager. “It’s a great experience for seniors with an all-inclusive environment.”
The community has 17 on staff. The Stauffers moved to Katy after living in the Denton area, near Dallas.
“We’re excited to be part of Katy and Fulshear,” Stauffer said.
The community provides a number of amenities. The most popular involves food. The community offers a daily gourmet three-meal schedule, a pizza bar/sandwich station open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a chef’s pantry with sandwiches and salads available at all hours. The gourmet meals are delivered by room service if requested.
Other features include a concierge, onsite banking, a 150-seat theater for movies and live entertainment, a salon, pharmacy, and a general services store. The community also offers weekly shopping trips and transportation to other personal appointments. Stauffer said the theater can also be used for community meetings.
Another interesting item is the Wall of Heroes, created by Davee Sok, owner of Signarama in Katy.
“The wall features residents living here who served,” Stauffer said. “It expressed our gratitude for living in the United States.”
In addition to pictures of residents who served in the military, the wall features recreations of iconic World War II images, including the raising of the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Sok said it took him a week to create the wall artwork.
Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC), of Lincoln, Nebraska, developed the community. RLC has similar communities in 15 states, including Texas.
The Oak Park community is the fourth in Texas. Other Texas communities include Emerald Oaks Retirement Resort, north of San Antonio; Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort, in Cedar Park north of Austin, and Provident Crossing Retirement Resort, in Round Rock.
For more information, call 281-398-1500.