Atrium at Anna Maria opens in Aurora

by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR Published:

Aurora -- After nearly two years of renovations, the former Geauga Lake Hotel at Route 43 and Treat Road has transformed into the Atrium at Anna Maria. It already boasts 47 residents.

More than 300 local officials, Chamber of Commerce members, Anna Maria partners and members of the general public who have made prior reservations will have the opportunity to see the new facility Aug. 21 during a grand opening celebration.

"This has been a very long time in planning, and we believe we've turned the former hotel into a building that we're proud of and hopefully the city's residents are proud of," said Anna Maria co-owner Rob Norton. "It's been a project that we're excited to see come to fruition."

"We still have a punch list of items to complete, but things have come together very nicely," added co-owner George Norton, who is Rob's brother. "It's really exciting to see the amazing transformation of this building."

The Nortons said the new facility adds 50 to 60 jobs to Aurora's economy.

Back on Sept. 27, 2012, the Atrium broke ground for the $9 million project. Until the fall of 2007, the building served as a hotel, which went by several names over the years.

Reflections, a newly constructed 31-unit memory care community at the south end of the older building, opened last fall. It houses and cares for persons with dementia.

THE ATRIUM has 73 apartments focused on independent atrium lifestyle, plus 23 traditional assisted living units.

Overall, the new complex features 20,000 square feet of common space, including an indoor pool, spa, salon, theater, library, courtyard, casual bistro / lounge, walking trails, gardens and a recreation area.

Other features include pathways designed to encourage exercise while minimizing wandering, and memory boxes and wall coverings which direct patients to their rooms, and activity areas to reduce confusion, anxiety and frustration.

Anna Maria officials say all aspects of the new facility are focused on connecting with each resident's life story, daily routines and preferences; connecting with the person, not the disability.

Innovative programming will be part of the Atrium community, such as lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, outings, arts / cultural events and various clubs.

Anna Maria of Aurora originally opened more than 50 years ago across Route 43 from the Atrium. The business has been run by three generations of the Norton family. Rob, George and Chris Norton and Aaron Baker are among the campus administrators.

Renovations also have been occurring in recent months at the original property, including a new administration area and living quarters. An old house on the property has been demolished.

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