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June 19, 2011

New senior community emphasizes green lifestyles

— A handful of residents in a few-month-old apartment complex listened as two green building experts told their audience members what they need to do to conserve energy and practice other types of green living.

It was part of an orientation program Brentwood Greene senior apartment set up for the community’s residents.

As Christin Kappel, a “green rater,” and Doug Weatherby, the building’s architect, spoke, the group in front of them nodded appreciatively to the advice that was intended to help them live more efficiently and environmentally friendly.

Residents, who are 55 and older, began moving last October into the apartment building, which is on Dodge Street just west of Markland Mall.

The complex has leased 42 of its 60 units, which come in one and two bedrooms and two bedrooms with a den, said Property Manager Tara Frank.

Visitors toured the three-story apartment complex Friday during a grand opening.

While residents listened to lectures on how they can save more than 20 percent on energy usage by using Energy Star appliances to the merits of flicking off a light, visitors strolled through information booths and toured the complex.

A laundry room, a fitness room, a hair salon, a reading and computer room, and a children’s playroom are all amenities included within the apartment community.

Across the parking lot from the building’s entrance, Brentwood Greene has cleared and fenced in space for a pet park. The apartment allows residents to keep pets that are 25 pounds or less.

Behind the building, residents have access to a community garden where they can grow whatever they want to plant.

Charlene Wray, senior vice president of operations for the apartment’s parent company, The Woda Group, said the company settled on building an independent senior living complex after market surveys showed the demand.

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