ALBANY, 5/24/2016– After more than ten years of planning and anticipation, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. (CSSC) is proud to announce the King Thiel Senior Community as the area’s newest affordable living community for independent seniors 55+. This 96-unit senior community will be built at 17 Elks Lane in Latham. The project is expected to be ready for occupancy in Spring 2017.
Eric King and Kathlene Thiel have donated $500,000 towards costs associated with the planning, development, and construction of the new senior community, which will be named in their honor. Both Eric and Kathy believe in the importance of family, friends and giving back as both are active in the local business community. King also sits on the Board of Directors for CSSC, the organization owning and operating the new facility.
In 2005, the Town of Colonie Comprehensive Plan made it clear that there was a great need for affordable, independent, senior housing in Colonie and the Greater Capital Region. CSSC responded to these concerns and after years of planning all necessary approvals have been completed to begin the building process.
In 2006, CSSC started the preliminary development phase of the project. Nine years later, in 2015, approvals were nearly in place. Less than one year later over $1 million of the $2 million needed to complete the project has been raised. Fundraising for the project continues, and naming opportunities are still available.
“There is still a lot that needs to be done before this building is up and ready to go,” said Ed Neary, Executive Director of CSSC, “but it is great to see that all of the team’s efforts over the past nine years is now going forward. We are indebted to Eric and Kathy for their support with this project. Eric, a past President, chair of the New Building Committee and member of our Board of Directors actively involved the entire process.”
Colonie Senior Service Center is an independent, community based not-for-profit organization serving the largest population of seniors in the Capital Region.
Dr. John D. Bennett, Capital Campaign Chair, Peter Campito, CSSC President of the Board, Kathy Thiel and Eric King, CSSC Board Member, and Ed Neary, CSSC Executive Director (left to right) break ground on the King Thiel Senior Community at 17 Elks Lane on May 19th at the Groundbreaking and Naming Ceremony.
Board Members, staff, elected officials, prospect residents, and others listen to Ed Neary, CSSC Executive Director, begin the Naming and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the King Thiel Senior Community on Thursday, May 19th at 17 Elks Lane.
Dr. John D. Bennett, Capital Campaign Chair, Peter Campito, CSSC Board President, Kathy Thiel and Eric King, CSSC Board Member, Ed Neary, CSSC Executive Director, and Paula Mahan, Colonie Town Supervisor, and other elected officials pose for a shot at the Groundbreaking & Naming Ceremony on Thursday, May 19th at 17 Elks Lane.