Aigburth Vale, an affordable apartment complex for seniors set in a historic mansion in Towson, is wrapping up a $1.6 million, nearly one-year long renovation this month.
Bill Rubin, director of rental services for St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, which owns Aigburth Vale located at 212 Aigburth Road, said the renovation will breathe new life into the facility for the next 15 to 20 years.
On a recent tour of the facility, property manager Mimi Kelly showed off renovations that are specifically designed with seniors in mind – cords they can pull to call 911 in an emergency, wheelchair and walker accessible kitchens and common areas to hold events and where residents can visit with one another.
The renovation also included upgrades to the roof, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as the elevators and flooring, Rubin said. The entire building is now wheelchair accessible, Rubin said, a change required under Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.
One feature that is key for residents, most of whom live alone, is the emergency cord system. If the cord is pulled, it automatically reaches 911 and informs operators which room the call came from. Then rooms are accessed with a master key, Kelly said.