New Expansion is Almost Complete!
Cottage Grove Place embraces new experiences in order to support dynamic, active lifestyles for its residents.
The countdown is nearing a close. After months of planning, prepping and hard work Cottage Grove Place’s brand-new expansion is nearing completion. In light of this, a cornerstone dedication ceremony was held, allowing time to reflect on Cottage Grove Place’s history and philosophy.
“Our new addition will consist of 21 independent homes, 24 assisted living, 18 assisted living memory care, and 12 new skilled beds for rehabilitation,” Brian Kramer, Cottage Grove Place’s Marketing and Sales Director, said. “We will also be adding a movie theater area and an enclosed courtyard for our residents to enjoy.”
Cottage Grove Place embraces new experiences in order to support dynamic, active lifestyles for its residents, which is why it’s important for the retirement community to keep its facilities fresh and up-to-date.
Cottage Grove History
Cottage Grove Place first opened its doors back in 1996. It was developed through the vision of several Scottish-Rite Masons who wanted to improve the quality of life for seniors in the Cedar Rapids Area.
A master plan was developed to expand the property and create a state-of-the art senior living community. Ever since, Cottage Grove Place has been a premier continuing care retirement community in the Cedar Rapids area.
Cornerstone Commemoration Ceremony
Recently, a ceremony was held dedicating a cornerstone of the final addition of the expansion to the dignified service it provides for its residents.
“Our employees take a lot of pride in what they do,” Kramer said. “We consider ourselves a large family, with the same goals in mind. Treating our residents with dignity and respect is wholeheartedly our most important goal.”
The ceremony was conducted by The Grand Lodge of Iowa Officers. Many Cottage Grove staff members, residents and Cedar Rapids community members were in attendance.
Historically, in a Masonic cornerstone ceremony, the stone is checked, using ancient tools, to be certain it’s straight and level because a building constructed on a poor foundation isn’t strong. Next, the cornerstone is consecrated with corn (or grain), wine, and oil — all of which are Masonic symbols of prosperity, health, and peace. Finally, the stone is symbolically tapped in place with a gavel. Today, however, the laying of the stone is more often symbolic.
Tours of the New Expansion are Available Now
“This was a great way to commemorate our next chapter here at Cottage Grove Place,” Kramer said. “The new expansion is almost complete. We’re offering hard hat tours of the new expansion and homes are already being reserved.”