As we shared with you earlier this year, an amazing and stunning senior living community has gracefully opened in Vickery Midtown: The Legacy Midtown Park on Manderville in the dynamic Midtown Park borough of Vickery Midtown. This is an amazing addition and inspiring beacon of progress in the excellence of health care and wellness for which our District is known and acclaimed. Along with standard setting care, The Legacy Midtown Park features an aesthetic that is extraordinary, with inspiration and art that encompass daily living in a very unique and special way.
The 12-acre, $186 million Legacy at Midtown Park development broke ground in 2018, and marked its completion with the Aaron Towers Independent Living building, which received temporary certificate of occupancy in December 2020. The Legacy Senior Communities (LSC) of Plano, TX completed construction of The Legacy Midtown Park as their newest senior living community in late 2020.
“The new senior community will have capacity to serve over 500 residents and will create over 300 new jobs,” says Legacy Senior Communities CEO Melissa Orth. “We are so proud of all that we’ve accomplished, and completion amidst the pandemic gives us an even greater sense of accomplishment.”
“We are all extremely excited that our Independent Living building is now complete; it is the final phase we have all been waiting for,” says Carol Aaron, Legacy Midtown Park immediate past board chair and eponymous donor. “Our dream is to provide a wonderful lifestyle to Dallas seniors, and to extend our reach within the Dallas Jewish community, all of which is now a reality.”
The Legacy Midtown Park offers 184 rental independent living apartment homes, 51 assisted living apartment homes, 36 memory support residences, and 54 private skilled nursing and rehabilitation suites.
The beautiful community was designed by local D2 Architecture with interiors by Austin-based StudioSix5, offering 40,000 square feet of amenities and commons space, and houses 184 expertly designed apartment homes ranging in size from 800-square-foot studios to over 2,600-square-foot penthouses. The urban, resort-style community is brimming with thoughtfully curated amenities: a 30-seat movie theater, aquatics center with indoor heated pool, fully equipped gym and aerobics studio, golf simulator, full-service salon, a 3,500-square- foot sanctuary and event venue, multiple dining and entertaining destinations including a fine-dining restaurant with private Chef’s table, pub, and lounge, casual dining bistro, outdoor amenities deck with bocce ball court, a dog park, and underground parking with car charging stations. Residents can take advantage of the robust calendar of social events, recreational activities, and religious programming.
“LMP is a beautiful building, a great environment to live in,” says Midtown Park Executive Director Chip Brownlee. “Our goal is to fulfill and exceed residents’ expectations by providing concierge-style service, love and attention each day from our team of caregivers and staff. Someone may choose LMP because it’s a beautiful place to live, but we also want them to love living here because they feel safe, secure, and valued.”
Extraordinary Art Comes to Daily Life
One of the outstanding features of The Legacy Midtown Park is the community’s interiors, graced with the fine work of local Texas artists. Everywhere you look there are cheerful, thoughtful inspiring artworks to comfort and feed the spirit.
The captivating sculptures of Dallas-based glass artist Carlyn Ray are among the resident works on permanent display at The Legacy Midtown Park campus. The community’s art selection committee reached out to the artist to commission glass installations for the formal dining room and in the outside courtyard. Ray, inspired by the idea of a butterfly garden, created a whimsical outdoor sculpture, “Innermost Essence,” featuring 22 cloudlike orbs—three of them mirrored to reflect the colors and environment around them—internally lit with an LED bulb.
For the two interior glass sculptures, now gracing the dining room, the artist reimagined her signature “Pathways” handblown glass weavings. Ray, who honed her craft working alongside legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly, created 8-foot-long, wavy sculptures that float and cast light and shine across the elegant space. The woven works are not only beautiful, but they also hold special meaning. “Our lives, beliefs, and hearts are woven together into a colorful pathway, leaving a colorful trail of colors, light, memories, and happiness,” says Ray. “In a community, these threads weave together into a great work, as people meet, interact, and connect with one another. Together, we are greater—sharing life, memories, and the happiness of each day.”
Dallas-area artists whose beautiful creations are featured at The Legacy Midtown Park include:
• Robert Pollock (also resident of The Legacy Midtown Park)
• Ruth Litwin (also resident of The Legacy Willow Bend), who created the eternal light that is in the sanctuary
• George Tobolowsky – sculptor
• Brad Oldham – sculptor and creator of “Chi Chi” which is the frog sculptor that graces the fountain on the amenity deck
Artworks donated to Legacy Midtown Park include a modern painting from James Rosenquist and amazingly a surrealist painting by Salvador Dali.
The Legacy Senior Communities, which has been providing quality senior living and care since 1953, also operates The Legacy Willow Bend, a Life Care community located in Plano, TX, and The Legacy at Home, a home care agency that offers home health care, personal assistance services, and hospice care.
We salute the Legacy Senior Communities and the entire team of The Legacy Midtown Park for their dedication and leadership to make the community a reality and to bring this amazing standard setting senior living culture to Dallas. For more details, visit this link: https://thelegacyseniorcommunities.org/LegacyMidtownPark/