Resort-style assisted living community breaks ground on Rio Rd

Sponsored - A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday June 8 for the Blake at Charlottesville on the site of Oakleigh development. The massive 106,500 square foot building located at 535 Rio Road West will house separate resort-style Assisted Living and Memory Care communities with an endless list of amenities to suit all tastes.

Glenn Barclay, co-founder of Blake Management Group, described the full continuum of services which he promised would deliver a top-notch experience for both short-term and long-term visitors. Barclay also says that rates will be comparable and competitive to existing assisted living rates in the area.

“In recent years we’ve seen a welcome shift in retirement options with providers realizing that many of their customers aren’t ready to slow down.” With this new project, Barclay and his team are catering to a new breed of customers who have become used to luxurious living and wish to retain their quality of life. As a result, the project is focused on offering a range of options for relaxation but also an extensive list of activities and places to socialize.

The building will house a coffee and ice-cream shop perfect for meeting up with friends or after-school visits from grandchildren; a salon, spa and fitness center where residents can pamper themselves and keep fit as well as a library and chapel for moments of quiet contemplation and worship.

Putting greens for golfers and other outdoor activities will be found nestled amongst the site’s landscaped courtyards and raised gardens, giving ample opportunity for residents to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. In short, The Blake represents a new level of luxury in assisted living and memory care residences in the Charlottesville area.

Even the dining options will go way beyond what you would find at any other retirement community. The approach is said to deliver a hospitality-driven, restaurant-style experience headed by an executive chef but retains a friendly, personal approach; much like a visit to your favorite restaurant. Alongside this, there will be concierge service and 24-hour nursing staff ensuring someone is always on hand to see to residents’ needs. Judging from some of Blake Management Group’s other projects across the South, this impeccable level of service is fast becoming their calling card.

The recent reception, held on June 8 on the future site of the development, demonstrated the level of quality that Blake Management Group constantly strives for in all their projects. The event featured live music and delicious hors d’oeuvres for all those who attended. The new project promises to create 70 new jobs to the area once up and running. All in all, a very welcome addition to the Charlottesville community on the horizon.

The Blake at Charlottesville is already taking resident reservations for their 2018 opening. Call Judy Belk at (434) 973-7900 or visit